Protecting crops against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
Plants with total immunity to the devastating Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus could be a step closer thanks to breeding of resistant species and the creation of a synthetic gene primed to recognise the virus and destroy it. (2 pages)
CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.
Understanding the science of fire
CSIRO's Fire Science research program uses our expertise in material flammability, fire growth and control, and bushfire impact on infrastructure to improve fire safety.
Taking the fight to aphids
This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of the main aphid pest species on Australian grain and pasture plants and the best options for managing them. (3 pages)
Integrated science for our carbon future
The 'Integrated science for our carbon future' presentation was delivered by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. Provided here is an adapted transcript of the speech, which was addressed to Greenhouse 2011 in Cairns, Queensland, on 4 April.
Scientists preparing for future disease challenges
New and emerging animal diseases, Australia’s equine influenza (EI) outbreak and the fact that 75 per cent of emerging human diseases originated in animals, are among the hot topics for discussion at the 13th International World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD) Symposium in Melbourne this week.
The Paterson’s curse flea beetle
This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the flea beetle, Longitarsus echii, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.
Revegetation increases fox activity but not dramatically
This article from Farming Ahead describes research on the impact of native revegetation plantings on fox activity that was done because of landholder concerns that revegetation sites might benefit foxes and increase predation on lambs. (3 pages)
Facing Africa's food security challenges
Increasing the productivity of Africa’s agricultural systems is one of the most significant challenges facing global agriculture. CSIRO is working with African scientists and institutions to help African’s develop long term solutions.
Environmentally friendly insecticides
By targetting the chemistry of the insects own hormones, CSIRO is developing a new class of insecticide that is pest-specific and produces no harmful side-effects.
Weedy biofuels: should we be worried?
This document includes the presentation from forum one of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia, held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australias Capital Territory. (51 pages)
Prawn virus detection kits
CSIRO worked with the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand to produce kits that can detect the presence of several prawn viruses.
Dead or alive – bridal creeper is bad for environment
Bridal creeper, a native of southern Africa, is an attractive plant once much loved by gardeners. Now it is one of southern Australia’s worst environmental weeds. It smothers native vegetation and its huge tuber mats prevent germination of native plants.
Dr Danny Llewellyn: leading cotton biotechnology
Dr Danny Llewellyn specialises in cotton biotechnology research. He has played an important role in developing the insect and herbicide tolerant, genetically modified cotton varieties which currently dominate the cotton industry.