Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


CSIRO's Media Centre provides journalists and the media with information about CSIRO's research and other activities.

Breaking news

What’s our role in the search for missing flight MH370?

Many people have been asking CSIRO for our take on the situation, the ocean, the technology being used to find the debris of the plane – so we wanted to let you know how our technology is being used and how we’re assisting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

CSIRO uncovers nature's nano-secrets

A new book, which explores how nature's own laboratory has been producing some of the world’s most advanced nanomaterials for millions of years, has been released.

Growing nitrous oxide levels explained

Australian, Korean and US scientists have generated a 65-year record of Southern Hemisphere nitrous oxide measurements establishing a new benchmark against which to compare changes in the long-lived greenhouse gas that is also a major ozone-depleting substance.

Korean connection makes an 8000-km telescope

Australian and Korean radio telescopes have been linked for the first time, forming a system that acts as a telescope 8000 km across.

Future of cotton research boosted by $35 million

Cotton Breeding Australia, announced today a five-year, $35 million agreement extension to fund cotton research projects.

State of the Climate 2012

Australia's land and oceans have continued to warm in response to rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

Australian farmers and scientists share cotton lessons with West Africa

In a new partnership with sub-Saharan Africa, Australian scientists and farmers are hosting a delegation of key African cotton industry representatives and researchers to share their knowledge and insight to help improve farming practices and thereby reduce poverty in West Africa.

Good news for wheat farmers battling salinity

A salt-tolerant variety of durum wheat that outperforms other varieties by 25 per cent on salty soils has been developed by CSIRO scientists using traditional crop breeding techniques.

Diverse catches are better for fishery ecosystems, scientists find

Fishing for a 'balanced harvest' can achieve productive fisheries as well as environmental conservation, an international scientific team reports today in the journal 'Science'.

New coastal website linking local research with local councils

The latest coastal research will now be at the fingertips of councils and developers, with today's launch of a new webportal at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference in Hobart.

Vineyard records link early grape ripening to climate change

By using decades of vineyard records, scientists have for the first time been able to attribute early ripening of wine grapes to climate warming and declines in soil water content.

From Bass Strait to the Indian Ocean - tracking a current

Deep-diving ocean "gliders" have revealed the journey of Bass Strait water from the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean.

CSIRO launches new minerals magazine

A new magazine that highlights CSIRO's research across the minerals and metals sector will be released in July this year.

Cosmic magnetism summer student

A CSIRO Summer Student has been tackling one of the most challenging problems in astrophysics: the relationship between galaxies and their magnetic fields.

Warming in the Tasman Sea a global warming hot spot

Oceanographers have identified a series of ocean hotspots around the world generated by strengthening wind systems that have driven oceanic currents, including the East Australian Current, polewards beyond their known boundaries.

New species of fly named in honour of performer Beyoncé

A previously un-named species of horse fly whose appearance is dominated by its glamorous golden lower abdomen has been named in honour of American pop diva, Beyoncé – a member of the former group Destiny’s Child, that recorded the 2001 hit single, Bootylicious.

CSIRO and Chile join forces in mining research

CSIRO is joining forces with Chile to tackle key challenges facing the Australian and Chilean mining industries.

Global Carbon Project annual emissions summary

Global carbon dioxide emissions increased by a record 5.9 per cent in 2010 following the dampening effect of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), according to scientists working with the Global Carbon Project.

New insight into climate change in the Pacific

A new report presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region.

CSIRO a-Twitter over rocket launch to Mars

CSIRO is hosting a 'tweetup' at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex to mark the launch of NASA's next Mars mission.

Check your stars are aligned

CSIRO opens new, state-of-the-art national test facility capable of rating conventional and solar-powered air con systems.

Australian science joins global effort to transform food system

A major transformation in the food system is needed to address future threats to food security according to experts from some of the world’s leading science organisations.

Windows opens the door to speedy science

CSIRO's graphics processing unit (GPU) supercomputer maintains a strong position on this year’s Top500 list announced this week at the SC11 conference in Seattle, USA.

Securing energy supply in a changing and variable climate

A conference to advance our understanding of how weather and climate events will impact global energy systems is underway on the Gold Coast.

No plain sailing for marine life as climate warms

Direct effects of climate warming on biodiversity pose a serious conservation challenge for marine life, according to new research published today in Science.

Auditing the Earths sea-level and energy budgets

An international research team has balanced the sea-level rise budget by showing that the total amount of contributions to sea level rise explains the measured rise over recent decades.

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