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).

Stalking fugitive methane emissions in China

A new CSIRO technology called VAMCAT (Ventilation Air Methane Catalytic Turbine) is poised to take a sizable bite out of methane emissions with a Greenhouse effect equivalent to more than 237 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Farmer-researcher cooperation a key to better farming: Grains Week 2006

Greater cooperation between researchers and grower groups will improve Australian farming practices and enrich rural communities, according to a researcher working for CSIRO and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

Understanding soil biology will optimise yield performance: Grains Week 2006

Awareness of soil biology is essential to the development of more sustainable and profitable farming systems in Australia, according to research facilitated by the CSIRO and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

Waging war on ‘Russian’ pest: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are investigating breeding resistance into cereal plants to protect wheat and barley crops in the event of a Russian wheat aphid onslaught.  

Underground solutions to sustainable agriculture: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are overcoming major barriers to sustainable agriculture by improving root growth and function in cropping systems.

Genomics a key to improved cereal crops: Grains Week 2006

Australia has the expertise to improve grain crops using gene technology and, with continuing investment, is well placed to be an international leader in cereal crop improvement, researchers say.

Growing more grain with less water: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are investigating ways to improve grain yields using less water in response to decreasing water allocations and climate variability.

Stepping up the fight against rust infection: Grains Week 2006

Researchers are continuing the assault on rust diseases of wheat in an effort to stamp out heavy infection rates that are costing Australian grain growers millions of dollars.

Wheat to reduce impact of lifestyle disease: Grains Week 2006

Research facilitated by the CSIRO and Australia’s Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) is using plant genetics to develop wheat capable of reducing the risk of serious non-infectious conditions associated with diet.

Flexible management the key to sustainable agriculture: Grains Week 2006

A flexible, systems approach that delivers economic, environmental and social outcomes will underpin the future of Australian agriculture, according to the head of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Dr Andrew Johnson.

Waging war on wheat pest: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are investigating breeding resistance into cereal plants to protect wheat and barley crops in the event of a Russian wheat aphid onslaught.

New wheat cultivars to meet yield challenge: Grains Week 2006

Researchers will apply modern technology to conventional wheat breeding methods to meet yield challenges threatening Australia’s grains industry.

Global pollution scientists take the air in Hobart

International scientists are meeting in Hobart this week to discuss the ongoing need for global monitoring of gases responsible for ozone depletion and climate change.

New solar energy research facility in the limelight

National and international solar thermal energy researchers now have a unique research facility available to them.

What’s the best sheep data software for me?

Sheep management software is being put to the acid test with producers asked to share their experience of which commercially available programs best meet their needs.

Virtual swimmer to speed up our athletes

CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Sport are using mathematics in a bid to speed up our top swimmers by testing changes to swimming strokes.

New mandarins are as good as gold

CSIRO has announced the release of two new mandarin varieties at the Australian Citrus Growers Annual Conference in Mandurah, Western Australia.

CSIRO scientists elected to Australian Academy of Science

Three of CSIRO’s leading scientists – Professor Brian Boyle, Dr Steve Rintoul and Professor Andrew Holmes – have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

Oceans of opportunity

CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship is embarking upon a major joint research program designed to retrieve currently inaccessible offshore energy reserves the Flagship’s Director, Craig Roy, said in London today.

CSIRO fellowship for biofouling expert

An expert in the biology and control of marine organisms which grow on submerged surfaces (biofouling), James Cook University’s Head of Aquaculture, Professor Rocky de Nys, has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow with the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship.

Innovative cold chain education and training solutions

Food Science Australia and the national Cold Chain Centre (CCC) in Adelaide have joined forces to help reduce the estimated A$20 billion lost globally as a result of the spoilage of perishable foods during storage and transportation.

New tool helps manage irrigation water quality

Managing irrigation water quality to sustain crop production and deliver positive environmental outcomes is in sight with a new Water Quality Calculator now available on the internet.

CSIRO builds smart energy system

CSIRO technology to complement smart electricity meters promises consumers more choice and control over their usage.

CSIRO scientists embark on Tree of Life for beetles

If you thought there were lots of different beetles, you were right - 23 000 species described so far in Australia alone, although the real number is probably between 80 000 and 100 000.

CSIRO welcomes new Chief Scientist

Chief Executive of the CSIRO Dr Geoff Garrett today welcomed the announcement of Dr Jim Peacock as the nation’s new Chief Scientist.

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