Science to inspire Central QLD students
Central Queensland secondary school students will gain valuable insights into the crucial role agricultural science plays in the region when they visit CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Rendel Laboratory in Rockhampton this Thursday and Friday (8 & 9 May, 2008).
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences (CES) conducts research and development across a range of disciplines, targeting social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Gauging the effectiveness of biocontrol programs
How CSIRO researchers have been examining the effectiveness of biological control programs against some plant pests as very little is known about their long-term impacts is described in this article. (3 pages)
Dr Alan Andersen: uncovering the secrets of ant diversity
Dr Alan Andersen is a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in Darwin, where he studies ant community ecology, the use of ants and other invertebrates as indicators of ecosystem health, and fire ecology and management in tropical savannas.
Are moths choosy about their sexual partners?
Dr Sharon Downes will use her Australian Government Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to investigate, through careful mating and DNA fingerprinting, whether female bollworms choose which of their sexual partners father their offspring.
Aphids teach scientists a thing or two
In recently unravelling the genome of the pea aphid, an international consortium of researchers has taken a major step towards understanding how to better control that bane of farmers and gardeners around the world.
Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.
Tackling pests: it’s neighbour joining neighbour
This article from Farming Ahead discusses how the results of a CSIRO study into silverleaf whitefly control have broad implications for cost-effective strategies across a spread of farming environments. (3 pages)
Going viral: CSIRO vs Contagion (Podcast 28 Oct 2011)
A reference to research undertaken by CSIRO's 'bat pack' team in Hollywood's latest disaster flick Contagion highlights the role CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) would play in a real-world version of the pandemic. (11:12)
Eye-in-the-sky helps pinpoint prickly problem
CSIRO research on a tool to track the spread of the devastating weed prickly acacia across Australia’s northern grasslands is described in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
Pollinator decline not reducing crop yields just yet
The well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields, according to the results of an international study published in the latest edition of the respected science journal, Current Biology.
Removing the smell of industry
CSIRO’s new catalytic technology can remove foul industrial odours and waterborne pollutants more effectively and more economically than in the past.
Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak model takes shape
Researchers have completed the first stage of development work on a comprehensive model of the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in cattle to evaluate policy surrounding the management of FMD and other exotic diseases should an outbreak occur in Australia.