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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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?'