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Livestock Methane Research Cluster

CSIRO is involved in the Livestock Methane Research Cluster (LMRC), a collaboration between world leading scientific experts to develop accurate and practical methods to measure and reduce livestock methane emissions in the northern Australia beef herd.

Measuring the water footprint of agriculture from 'paddock to plate'

A method for measuring the environmental impacts of water used in crop and food production is helping businesses develop more sustainable practices and consumers make wiser choices.

Simulating agricultural production with APSIM

For more than 20 years CSIRO has worked with partners in the Queensland Government and the University of Queensland to develop an innovative approach to understanding agricultural systems. Researchers have worked to benefit rural industries and the environment by developing a management tool called APSIM. APSIM is now used across Australia and the world to help land managers understand how they can better manage their farming systems for increased food and fibre production.

Decision support tools for agriculture

Farmers and policy makers are often making difficult decisions dealing with lots of information and complexity. CSIRO is helping by providing tools, like computer models, that can assist them make better decisions.

Plantation forests in streamside management zones: multiple benefits

This 101-page report reviews the water quality and biodiversity effects of using plantation forests in streamside management zones on cleared farmland.

Sustainable Agriculture Flagship brochure

Read about the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship's goals, major research challenges and international  partnerships in this two-page brochure.

Managing livestock feed sustainably

CSIRO has worked with researchers, advisors and farmers to identify principles for sustainably managing the food fed to livestock on mixed cropping/grazing farms. Farmers now have access to better information to manage their feedbase to achieve better profits, healthier natural resources and social factors.

Australian science joins global effort to transform food system

On a planet with sufficient food for all, a billion people go hungry, while millions are suffering from chronic disease due to over-consumption.

Cropping Bangladesh’s rabi season

Bangladesh consumes more than twice the wheat it grows, and importing the shortfall is eating into its foreign currency reserves – but researchers have identified potential for large increases in production.

Predicting crop yield

CSIRO and the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) are working together to develop and support Yield Prophet®, a web-based decision-support tool for grain growers. Yield Prophet® is built on the farming systems model APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems Simulator).

The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program

CSIRO is helping to understand, monitor and manage Australia's landscapes and soil resources. The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Partnership, a collaboration with many agencies, provides a hub for data and information on Australian soil and land resources.

Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS)

ASRIS is a collation of the best available, nationally consistent data and information on Australia’s soil and land resources. It facilitates better planning and decision making.

CSIRO National Soil Archive

The CSIRO National Soil Archive is Australia's primary resource for conserving soil specimens and making them accessible for future research.

IrriSATSMS: helping irrigators make water-use decisions

Farmers are receiving phone messages with location-specific information to help with irrigations decisions.

Life cycle assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an internationally accepted method of evaluating the environmental impacts of processes, products and activities. Researchers within CSIRO are using LCA across a range of projects and industries.

Soil and Landscape Grid of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

In 2011, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) announced funding for new science facilities and extensions to existing facilities. Amongst those led by CSIRO is a new soil science facility.

Delivering improved water use efficiency for south Asian farmers

CSIRO scientists will help train 24 scientists from six south Asian countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in methods of farming systems research.

Partnering with the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

CSIRO's Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is developing new collaborations in solution based science with other researchers, industry and government.

Sustainable Development for Northern Australia: a comprehensive science review

The Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review 2009 examines a range of options for use of land and water in northern Australia and the likely consequences of those uses, for communities, businesses and the environment.

Fixing food security with forage legumes

One of Indonesia’s poorest provinces faces dire food security issues, but forage legumes could provide a surprising solution.

Assessing landscape systems and trends for agricultural sustainability

The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is developing innovative assessment techniques to measure, monitor and predict the condition of Australian agricultural and forestry landscapes to increase productivity and reduce carbon emissions.

New edition of soil analysis 'bible' released

A new ‘bible’ on analysing soils for factors like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and toxic substances, was released in Canberra last night at the Australasian Soil & Plant Analysis Council Conference.

More efficient use of farm inputs key to growth

More efficient use of farm inputs is critical to ensuring continued productivity growth in Australia and New Zealand agriculture, according to CSIRO scientist Dr Michael Robertson.

CSIRO and Bayer to focus on sustainable crops

CSIRO and Bayer CropScience are embarking on a new two-year research program designed to assess the sustainability of new generation crops.

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