Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools
Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools describes the main findings and recommendations of a major biomedical study examining the effects of wildfire fighting on firefighters’ physiology and behaviour
Smart women use science to conquer weeds
A team of PhD students, jointly supported by CSIRO and the University of Queensland, has won a Smart Women - Smart State award for their research investigating the four major mechanisms behind costly and destructive weed invasions.
Tapping into nature’s own landscape services
This article from Farming Ahead looks at how farmers, scientists and conservationists are looking for ways to make Australian farming landscapes more sustainable by harnessing the ecosystem services provided by native vegetation. (3 pages)
Science for tomorrow: developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on increasing the range of durum wheat varieties, a joint venture to improve cotton varieties, how the sex life of silverleaf whiteflies affects their invasiveness and developing biofuels. (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)
The Australian salute: nuisance flies
This fact sheet explains how flies differ from other insects and describes characteristics of some of the more common species associated with human activity.
Collaboration key to keeping new diseases in check
Collaboration across a diverse range of scientific disciplines is among the most important factors in efforts to detect and control outbreaks of new infectious diseases like Influenza A (H1N1), according to one of the world’s leading virologists, University of Texas Medical Branch Dr Thomas Ksiazek.
Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture
CSIRO and James Cook University have a strategic alliance known as the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to facilitate collaborative research between these two world-class organisations.
ECOS Issue 140: Time for a sea change in coastal development
Ecos 140 looks at the future of a remote and pristine stretch of the South Australian coastline that has become the focus of intense debate between local environment groups, developers and government. The case reflects the intensifying pressure on Australia’s coastal habitats as developments follow the quest for sea-side properties.
Invasive alien species threaten global biodiversity
CSIRO is putting considerable resources into research on invasive alien species and their effect on Australia's biodiversity, targeting invasive species already in Australia as well as trying to anticipate and avert the next generation of invasive alien species.
Fungus foils plague locust attacks
This two-page article from Farming Ahead details how CSIRO has developed a new locust control measure from a strain of the naturally occurring fungus Metarhizium.
Search narrows for lippia biocontrol
This article from Farming Ahead looks at how international researchers, including CSIRO Entomology scientists, are narrowing their search for an effective biological control agent for lippia, a serious weed in the Murray Darling Basin. (2 pages)
Science for tomorrow: New developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains three stories on resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus, the Indian Ocean imprint in Australia’s south-east and fighting flystrike in sheep. (1 page)
The months of a fire season
Serious wildfires usually occur in the Australian landscape each year during a recognised fire season. Fire seasons differ in different parts of the country.
Saline water disposal next step in drainage debate
Many Western Australian farmers are overjoyed at the prospect of using engineered drainage systems to tackle salinity. In this two-page article from Farming Ahead, read about how Flagship research is helping determine its effectiveness.
Parkinsonia biocontrol agent: seed-feeding beetle
Scientists are monitoring the establishment, damage and impacts from the seed-feeding beetle, Penthobruchus germaini, a biological control agent that was introduced to northern Australia to help control the woody weed parkinsonia.
Minimising waste overview
CSIRO has developed numerous processes and technologies that assist industrial and commercial sectors to reduce waste and emissions.