Biodiversity and Agriculture
CSIRO is helping to manage Australian farming landscapes to increase biodiversity with benefits to productivity, profitability and environment. This includes protecting against the increasing threat from invasive species.
Locating cattle with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
CSIRO is working to develop, test and demonstrate the latest thermal remote sensing technology on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to identify the location of livestock in extensive rangelands. By using a UAV platform, cattle can be located across very broad areas to assist producers in improving the efficiency, and reducing the cost, of mustering often done by helicopter at great expense.
Precision Livestock Management
CSIRO is working on the development and application of new and emerging technologies with potential to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of livestock production systems through enhanced measurement, monitoring, movement and management of animals and their environment.
Measuring cattle body condition
CSIRO is working to develop, test and demonstrate the latest laser imaging and stereo imaging technology to monitor the body weight and condition of cattle. By then putting it together with predictive models, we hope to be able to calculate ahead of time so that producers and their advisers can make more accurate, informed and timely decisions regarding the day to day management of livestock.
Creating a 'digital' homestead
CSIRO is working with partners in Queensland to build a ‘one-stop-shop’ online dashboard to enable farmers to access information about their farms remotely, integrate it with know-how from outside the farm, all with the aim of improving their decisions.
Woodstock, Qld (Lansdown Research Station)
CSIRO's Lansdown Research Station in north Queensland supports a team of researchers using novel technologies to deliver science-based solutions for the tropical beef industry.
Map of Australia's soil carbon
CSIRO has produced a map showing organic carbon stored in Australian soil. The map provides an important benchmark which will help Australia track changes in soil carbon stocks and assist with strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CSIRO has operated in northern Australia for more than 70 years and continues to maintain a strong presence in the region.
Northern Australia’s beef herd comprises 12.5 million cattle and makes up 90 per cent of Australia’s live cattle exports. CSIRO has developed a series of tools to help improve the efficiency of the transport that keeps this industry moving.
Bee sensors take flight to help farmers
Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'.
Investing in our future
An estimated one billion people around the world go to sleep hungry each night. With the global population expected to rise from seven to nine billion by 2050, one of the biggest challenges the world faces is food security – that is, ensuring there is enough food for all.