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Growing a less thirsty wheat for a thirsty country (Podcast 20 Feb 2009)

As the world's driest inhabited continent, Australia is no stranger to drought, only the hardiest types of wheat can hope to survive during an extended dry period. CSIRO's Dr Richard Richards has been breeding tough drought tolerant wheat varieties for sometime now, but is determined to breed them tougher still. (5:25)

Anti-fungal wheat gene proves 'resistance isn't futile' (Podcast 20 Feb 2009)

When faced with disease, plants are unable to move away and avoid infection, like people can. It's very likely that if one plant has a disease, its neighbours will contract it too. This is particularly true with the fungi that causes rust diseases in wheat. (5:45)

Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)

An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)

Research aims to reduce spread of deadly horse virus (Podcast 31 Mar 2009)

CSIRO scientists have made a major breakthrough in better understanding how the deadly Hendra virus (HeV) can transmit from infected horses to people and other horses. (6:20)

Counting whales in the sea and ice (Podcast 15 Apr 2009)

Antarctic minke whale numbers seem to have declined over the past few decades. One theory suggests minke whales may be moving further into sea ice, areas where whale research vessels can't follow. (4:09)

Rabbits bouncing back from calicivirus (Podcast 07 May 2009)

Rabbits continue to be a serious problem in Australia, and are estimated to cost agricultural industries around A$200 million each year as well as causing severe environmental damage. (5:32)

Food, fuel and climate: Phenomics think-tank faces the challenges (Podcast 13 May 2009)

Leading Australian and international plant biologists gathered in Canberra recently to discuss the role of plant phenomics in developing better agricultural systems for climate and ecosystem change. (5:19)

Alien invaders are on the march (Podcast 22 May 2009)

While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar. (4:50)

Listening to nature’s voice (Podcast 07 May 2010)

New CSIRO technology is allowing scientists to listen to wildlife in Australia’s remote northern tropical savannas without leaving the laboratory. (5:57)

Betting on the farm to feed the planet (Podcast 04 Aug 2010)

Australia agricultural feeds 60 million people globally, but maintaining this level of production against a backdrop of increasing population, climate change impacts, land degradation and the finite supply of productive soils, is proving to be a major challenge. (6:58)

Better tree breeding (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover the work of Chinese scientist Dr Harry Wu in improving approaches to tree breeding. Dr Harry Wu talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (11:11)

Combining hydrology and remote sensing (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr Lu Zhang is understanding the relationship between the water sphere and biosphere to develop better catchment strategies. Dr Zhang talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (9:34)

A revolution in your city (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr Xuemei Bai has been working in Australia with CSIRO to make our cities more sustainable. Dr Bai talks about her work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (7:09)

Securing Australia from invasive species (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr YongLin Ren has been working to safely and effectively control stored grain pests in Australia. Dr Ren talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (9:24)

Gene silencing scientists awarded PM’s Prize for Science (Podcast 19 Sep 2007)

CSIRO Plant Industry scientists Dr Peter Waterhouse and Dr Ming-Bo Wang have been awarded the 2007 Prime Minister's Prize for Science. (6:15)

No threat of disease outbreak from AAHL (Podcast 18 Sep 2007)

Dr Martyn Jeggo explains the biosecurity and biosafety measures at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory, the nation’s premier diagnostic laboratory for exotic, new and emerging diseases. (6:54)

Enzyme enters the fight to keep run-off water herbicide free (Podcast 17 Feb 2009)

Farmers around the world are expected to benefit from the successful trial of an enzyme that breaks down the herbicide, atrazine, in run-off water. (7:01)

Wolf spiders

Wolf spiders are found throughout Australia ranging in habitats from coastal forests to inland woodlands, shrublands and alpine areas.

White-stemmed gum moth

White-stemmed gum moths are one of the largest species of moth found in eastern Australia and while adults are rarely seen, caterpillars can be found wandering suburban gardens in search of a place to pupate.

VegTrack: natural resource management database

VegTrack provides users with critical natural resource management information to monitor and assess their activities.

The value of Australia's tropical rivers

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems research aims to inform land management decisions by valuing the ecosystem services that tropical rivers provide.

Unravelling honey bee genes and the importance of bees as pollinators

CSIRO scientists, with their Australian and international colleagues, have made significant contributions to knowledge on one of the world’s most important insects, the European honey bee.

Mr Warren Müller: applying statistics to biological and environmental problems

Mr Warren Müller has over 35 years of experience as a biometrician at CSIRO collaborating extensively with other CSIRO scientists on a wide range of biological and environmental science projects.

Tree breeding and genetic conservation

CSIRO is breeding and conserving Australian tree species for restoration of degraded environments and to help ensure global wood security.

Ten Commitments: Reshaping the Lucky Country’s Environment

A must read book for politicians, policy makers, practioners and anyone with an interest in Australia's environment. All the authors of the chapters in this book are leaders in the field and each was ask: 'What are the 10 key issues that must be addressed urgently to improve Australia's environment?'

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