CSIRO and food production: securing our food future

Limiting weeds and pests

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Increasing globalisation has lead to an increase in invasions by new species around the world, and Australia is no exception.

In Australia, 25 per cent of the cost of food products come from invasive weeds, pests and diseases.

CSIRO research has helped Australian agriculture remain relatively free of many of the pests and diseases that attack crops and livestock in other countries.

Some examples of the work we do:

National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI)

The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) brings together Australian scientists from State Departments, Universities, growers and CSIRO to improve pest management in Australian grain crops.

Fighting disease, pests and weeds

CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.

Steps in a weed biological control program

The process of weed biocontrol involves many steps and often requires a huge investment of time and resources to be successful at managing and controlling a target species.

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds final report

This report details how CLIMEX modelling software is being used to help predict the potential spread of 41 sleeper and alert weed species in Australia as a result of climate change. (44 pages)

Biosecurity and invasive species

To help protect Australia's ecosystems, CSIRO is undertaking invasive species research at pre-border, border and post-border level.

Preparing Australia for a Russian wheat aphid invasion

CSIRO scientists are studying how Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia successfully overcomes resistance in wheat in order to protect Australian farmers from this devastating invasive pest.

Revegetation by design: the Queensland bush working for you

CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries are collaborating on a project designed to investigate native vegetation as a pest management service to the vegetable industry.

Biological control of silverleaf whitefly

Our scientists are researching the biological processes that enable silverleaf whitefly to invade, and investigating the role of landscape structure and scale in exploiting an effective biocontrol agent for this pest species.