New model for ocean research
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship has been established to provide Australia with the capacity to realise the potential economic and environmental benefits to be gained from its oceans, the Flagship’s Director, Craig Roy, said in Cairns today.
Science for tomorrow: Developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on improved sugarcane, a virtual farm tool, canola pests and ‘biological machinery’. (1 page)
Refuges harbour pests and beneficial insects
That refuge crops, planted near Bt cotton to prevent resistance developing, also support significant populations of secondary pests and beneficial species is argued in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
CSIRO scientists, as part of the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), are investigating the effectiveness of aerial suppression of bushfires. The project will provide information needed to shape national aerial firefighting strategies.
Rooting out Pythium and its allies
This three-page article from Farming Ahead details CSIRO research on the fungal disease Pythium, with the aim of providing the foundations for the development of new methods to help control and ultimately prevent the disease.
Pests of field crops and pastures
This comprehensive handbook on economic entomology for field crops and pastures encompasses pests and beneficial insects as well as allied forms of importance in Australian agriculture.
Ecosystem Sciences PhD program
The PhD program at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences offers university students an opportunity to conduct research with leaders in science.
Water: a fresh approach
In this two-page article from SOLVE magazine, read about how science is meeting the challenge of finding ways to reduce Australia’s wasteful water practices and improve the way we use and manage this finite resource.
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Sea-level rise and changes to cyclone intensity under enhanced greenhouse conditions would pose a considerable increase in risk to coastal property and infrastructure, according to a recent CSIRO study.
Dr Peter Brown: natural resource management ecologist
With a strong background in ecology of vertebrate pests in agricultural systems, Dr Peter Brown is working to strengthen natural resource management decisions in Australia and south-east Asia through participatory engagement with rural communities and through integration of biophysical research with social and economic research.
AWB partnership produces first-grade grain
Australia has built an international reputation for exporting quality, insect-free grains on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with the AWB.
Australia has built an international reputation for quality wheat on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with AWB.
In this video find out how CSIRO's Rust Resistance Team has discovered genes that determine whether a plant can develop immunity to the harmful rust fungus. (2:30)
Dr Louise Morin: using fungi to fight Australia’s weeds
Dr Louise Morin applies her plant pathology skills to develop new approaches for the biological control of weeds and to assist biosecurity responses following incursion of plant pathogens in Australia. Her research portfolio incorporates molecular approaches wherever necessary and also considers the broader ecological impact.
The Hidden crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin (Podcast 19 Jun 2008)
The drought in the Murray-Darling Basin continues, but lack of rainfall is not the only woe to afflict one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Ian Smith, Co-Ordinator of the South East Australia Climate Initiative, explains that global warming has a less obvious, but very real, threat. (6.06)
Beware the enemy within
Evidence supporting Australia’s internal quarantine restrictions designed to stop the spread of insect pests, has been published in the respected scientific journal, Nature Communications.
Tiny beetle helps battle mimosa in tropical wetlands
A tiny beetle with an enormous responsibility is soon to be released in the Northern Territory. It will join its friends who are already battling mimosa, a woody weed that has invaded large swathes of wetland in Australia’s tropical north.
Climate change may wake up ‘sleeper’ weeds
Climate change will cause some of Australia’s potential weeds to move south by up to 1000km, according to a report by scientists at CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship.
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Fishing crews have gathered information on more than 1000 sea snakes and hundreds of other species in the first year of a bycatch-monitoring study in the Northern Prawn Fishery.
Mesquite biocontrol with the stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta
The stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta was investigated as a potential biocontrol agent for mesquite, but was not released in Australia as it proved difficult to culture in the lab and preliminary data suggested it might not be sufficiently host-specific.