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Australian Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship and the University of Tasmania, via the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), invite self-funded candidates or those qualifying for Australian Postgraduate Awards or equivalent base scholarships to apply for an elite (top up) scholarship to conduct a PhD in sustainable agricultural systems.

Dr Bronwyn Harch: Chief, CSIRO Computational Informatics

Dr Bronwyn Harch leads researchers who use digital technologies and mathematical sciences to make a real difference to industry, society and the environment.

Opinion: some food for thought on food security

For many of us, the current focus on food security may have come out of the blue. However as we pause to reflect on World Food Day, there are significant challenges to be faced as a nation if we are to have a reliable and affordable supply of food in the future – and we are to live in a world where others have sufficient food for healthy and active lives.

Crops ready for a different future climate

CSIRO has studied traits of wheat, sorghum and sugarcane varieties better able to cope with anticipated future climate conditions.

Outback Rover helps sharpen satellite signals

CSIRO’s ‘Outback Rover’ is helping scientists improve the accuracy of satellites.

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world. It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers. Available as a free eBook.

Smallholder ADOPT download form

ADOPT is helping research organisations and others increase their understanding of the factors that influence agricultural innovations being adopted.

ADOPT: a tool to explore and inform how farmers might take up agricultural innovations

ADOPT is helping research organisations and others increase their understanding of the factors influencing the adoption of agricultural innovations.

Developed country ADOPT download form

ADOPT is helping research organisations and others increase their understanding of the factors that influence agricultural innovations being adopted.

Biochar as a soil amendment in agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is leading national collaborative research analysing the properties and potential of a variety of biochars to sequester carbon, reduce nitrous oxide emissions, and alter soil functions in order to improve plant productivity.

Dr Peter Stone: developing and managing science partnerships that tackle major land use issues

Dr Peter Stone is Deputy Director of CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship. His work history includes farm management, food industry consulting, grain marketing and agricultural research.

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

Australian soils are losing about 1.6 million tonnes of carbon per year from wind erosion and dust storms affecting agricultural productivity, our economy and carbon accounts, according to new research.

Developing new country level policy options to enable West Africa’s food security

CSIRO is leading this project funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and implemented by four research agencies (CSIRO, CILSS, CORAF and CIRAD) in partnership with selected countries in Africa. The initial pilot study is with the Government of Burkina Faso.

Transforming the cotton industry for competitive results

New cotton varieties are advancing crop resilience and optimising cotton production.

Food fight: Scientists vs. Climate change (Podcast 10 Feb 2012)

A major transformation in the food system is required if we are to address future threats to food security says CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. (9:41)

Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report

The Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from Smart Farming projects, which indicate smart farming productivity benefits.

Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

The future of farming

CSIRO is working towards 'Smart Farm' of the future, with research focussing on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and their potential to transform the Australian agriculture industry.

Going back for seconds (Podcast 04 Jun 2013)

A new CSIRO project takes dual-purpose crops to the whole-farm level, increasing flexibility for farmers as climate conditions become more challenging.

CSIRO’s other icon celebrates 50 years

It may not have spawned its own movie or played a part in NASA's moon landings, but in its own way, CSIRO’s Phytotron facility has made no less a contribution to science than its more famous cousin, the Parkes Radio Telescope, aka "The Dish".

Fencing livestock in - virtually

Using satellite technology, CSIRO scientists are developing an animal-friendly 'virtual' fencing system to confine cattle without using fixed fences.

That's one small step for apps one giant leap for soil science

Australia’s national soil databases can now be accessed in real time online through a new iPad app called SoilMapp.

Paul Barnett: Impact and Business Development Manager

With a background in strategy development and business partnerships, Paul Barnett is the Impact and Business Development Manager for CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship (SAF), a A$70m research investment aiming to increase agricultural productivity whilst minimising associated environmental impacts.

Scientists team up with Google in an Australian first

Detailed satellite imagery about Australian landscapes will soon be only a button push away for land managers in community and non-profit sectors thanks to a partnership between Australian scientists and Google, announced last night in Sydney.

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