Methane emissions under our watch
Efforts to reduce livestock methane emissions in Australia received a major boost with the launch of a new research cluster drawing on Universities and leading world research organisations including CSIRO.
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.
Plant Industry Researchers
Plant Industry researchers promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, developing new plant products and improving natural resource management.
2012 Grains Research Update Events
CSIRO researchers are attending a number of Grains Research and Development (GRDC) Research Updates in coming months to cover topics like: soil carbon, water use efficiency, nutrient use efficiency and new technology for farmers and land managers.
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.
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.
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).
Scanning forests for their carbon secrets
Researchers at CSIRO have been scanning trees (in this case, Jeffrey pine trees in the United States of America) with ground-based laser scanning technology (called ECHIDNA) to estimate how much plant material forests have. (0:58)
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.
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.
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.
Closing the phosphorus-efficiency gap
Ways to reduce the costs of phosphorus fertiliser use on farms – critical for sustaining high agricultural production in many Australian farming systems – have been identified in a new suite of journal papers.