Managing pests and weeds

From invasions of ants, fruit flies, rabbits and carp through to plants that grow where they're not wanted, we're tackling a range of pests in the Australian environment.

  • Reducing Australia’s carp invasion

    CSIRO scientists are undertaking rigorous tests to determine the safety and suitability of the candidate biocontrol agent Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) in managing European carp numbers in Australia.

    Primary topic: Managing invasive species

  • Biological control of weeds

    CSIRO has a long and successful history of using biological control agents as a cornerstone of sustainable management programs for weeds of national significance, such as Paterson's curse and prickly pear.

    Primary topic: Biological control - weeds

  • Controlling those pesky rabbits

    The release of the two rabbit biocontrol agents - Myxoma virus and Rabbit Calicivirus - led to a dramatic reduction of Australia’s rabbit population and has recovered more than $70 billion to the agricultural industries since 1950.

    Primary topic: Managing invasive species

  • Biological control agent tackles Crofton weed

    Crofton weed—also known as sticky snakeroot or Mexican devil—has been smothering native bush in Australia since the early 1900s. But now the release of a new biological control agent brings hope in managing this invasive weed.

    Primary topic: Managing invasive species

  • Eradicating invasive ants

    CSIRO researchers are leading the way in understanding the ecology, impacts and control of invasive alien ant species.

    Primary topic: Managing invasive species

  • Parkinsonia biological control program

    The weed Parkinsonia forms impenetrable thickets, decreases productivity of pastoral rangelands and competes with native plants. New biocontrol agents may help manage severe infestations across northern Australia.

    Primary topic: Managing invasive species

  • Partnering to find a solution to Australia’s Qfly problem

    CSIRO is working with industry and government to find a solution to Australia's Queensland fruit fly problem.

    Primary topic: Risk and preparedness


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