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


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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 helps create next generation e-Government services

The CSIRO ICT Centre and the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) have announced a collaboration which will explore advanced delivery models for citizen-centric online services.

CSIRO scientists discover a new bat virus in humans

CSIRO scientists have played a key role in discovering that bats are the likely host of a new virus that can cause a serious but apparently non-fatal respiratory tract illness in humans.

Study shows Tropics absorbing Northern emissions

An international research team, including three CSIRO scientists, has thrown new light on the way that carbon dioxide produced by industrial activities in the northern hemisphere is absorbed by vegetation across the globe, particularly in tropical regions.

Characterising bauxite’s future

Work being done by the Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions – through CSIRO Minerals – into the characterisation of bauxite is helping a ‘new breed’ of mineral exploration companies, such as Queensland-based Cape Alumina, establish themselves in a marketplace which up to now has been dominated by multinationals.

CSIRO wins another round in US WLAN court case

On Friday 15 June 2007, a federal court in Texas granted CSIRO’s application for an injunction to prevent infringement of its wireless network patent by Buffalo-group companies in the US. An injunction prevents the sales of all products until a licence to CSIRO technology is negotiated.

Market boost for world’s smartest automated drill chip and core logging technology

Market access to CSIRO’s innovative HyChips™ systems received a boost with the announcement of a services agreement for the technology with AusSpec International.

A predictive tool for heart failure

Melbourne based biotechnology company HD Medical Group Limited is moving rapidly towards international application of its world first, non-invasive heart failure prediction device, based on core technology licensed from the CSIRO ICT Centre.

Livestock virtually fenced in

A virtual fence for livestock that allows better use of pasture, protects the environment and reduces labour, is being developed by the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship using satellite technology.

Down on the virtual farm with GrassGro 3

Graziers will have improved access to decades of CSIRO grazing research with the release of GrassGro 3, the latest version of the high-powered grazing management software.

Agreement to spread the ‘good oil’ further

The next generation of microencapsulation technology will be utilised to increase the range of processed foods containing healthy omega-3 oils under an agreement between Australian company, Clover Corporation Limited, and Food Science Australia (FSA). 

Sustainable communities for Canberra

CSIRO is partnering with the ACT Government on an innovative urban redevelopment in the East Lake area of Canberra.

CSIRO begins climate project with China

CSIRO and the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) have signed a two-year funding agreement for collaboration between CSIRO statisticians and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science.

Wild relatives sweeten breeding program

Wild relatives of sugarcane hold genes that could be bred into commercial sugarcane varieties in Australia to help increase sugar production. 

CSIRO scientists join fight to save ‘Tassie devil’

CSIRO scientists have joined the battle to save Australia’s iconic Tasmanian devils from the deadly cancer currently devastating devil populations.

Top-10 food technologies on show in Werribee

The Food Processing Centre Open Day, in Werribee, Victoria, on Wednesday 30 May, will showcase the top-10 most requested technologies at Food Science Australia. 

Climate change signal detected in the Indian Ocean

The signature of climate change over the past 40 years has been identified in temperatures of the Indian Ocean near Australia.

It’s an ice life in Antarctica

Where do penguins go to dance? What is it really like in Antarctica? How do animals and humans survive down south?

CSIRO invests in Tasmania’s future

CSIRO is investing $A2 million in an upgrade and expansion of its research facilities at Battery Point, Hobart.

Australia joins NZ to enhance rural research

CSIRO Plant Industry has signed a collaborative agreement with New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute, AgResearch.

Cutting the impacts of luxury accommodation and travel

Luxury hotels not only cost money – they now come at a significant environmental cost, due to the increasing number of travellers opting for five-star establishments that consume large amounts of energy and water.

CSIRO and Mine Site Technologies join for safer mines

CSIRO has licensed communication technology to Mine Site Technologies that will help make mines safer.

CO2 emissions increasing faster than expected

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels – the principal driver of climate change – have accelerated globally at a far greater rate than expected over recent years, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Unique partnership to examine Australia’s western oceans

A new $A21 million, five-year research collaboration was announced today in Western Australia that will increase understanding and improve management of the oceans to Australia’s west.

Energy efficient desalination – not a pipe dream

The delivery of energy efficient desalination received a boost today (Friday 18 May) with the establishment of a major new research collaboration between CSIRO and nine of Australia’s leading universities.

Southern ocean carbon sink weakened

Scientists have observed the first evidence that the Southern Ocean’s ability to absorb the major greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, has weakened by about 15 per cent per decade since 1981.

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