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Latest biodiversity information captured in new CSIRO book

This morning at Parliament House, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will launch Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia, a new book from CSIRO.

Bio robots make a splash in the Indian Ocean

Robotic floats armed with revolutionary new sensors will be launched in the Indian Ocean, as part of a new India-Australia research partnership to find out what makes the world's third largest ocean tick – and how both nations can benefit from it.

Atlas of Living Australia celebrates 40 million milestone

How many amphibians, arthropods or protozoa are living in your backyard? With over 40 million specimen records now available online in one location, you can find out!

CSIRO and the ANU launch biodiversity research centre

An initiative that will help Australia harness cutting-edge advances in biological sciences to inform better environmental management decision making will be announced on Wednesday 3 April at the official launch of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, Canberra.

DNA technology set to speed up species discovery

Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia have teamed up with Kimberley Traditional Owners to test a new molecular technique that has the potential to revolutionise the discovery of new species, particularly those living in remote and poorly studied parts of the world.

Australia's first rainforest research 'Supersite' opens for business

Following three years of research and planning, CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) have opened Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot.

Phantom fishing targets turtles in northern Australia

CSIRO scientists working with GhostNets Australia and Indigenous rangers are identifying hotspots where lost fishing nets are threatening our marine biodiversity.

'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist

In a remarkable piece of detective work, a team of 'retired' CSIRO scientists have revealed the group of artists responsible for the iconic scribbles found on smooth-barked Eucalyptus trees in southeastern Australia.

Gene find turns soldier beetle defence into biotech opportunity

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO’s discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defence system.

Major changes needed to protect Australia’s species and ecosystems

A landmark study has found that climate change is likely to have a major impact on Australia’s plants, animals and ecosystems that will present significant challenges to the conservation of Australia’s biodiversity.

The more the merrier – farmers must diversify to survive

Broadening the mix of agricultural enterprises could help farmers protect themselves from the long-term impacts of climate variability, according to a new report from CSIRO.

Far-flung dung beetles here to ‘finish the job’

Specially chosen for their spring frenzy and voracious appetite for dung, two new species of European dung beetles have arrived in Australia to improve cattle pastures and finish off a job well started through more than 40 years of dung beetle work by CSIRO and partners.

CSIRO and Lonza partner to bring new bee silk products to the world

CSIRO and Lonza have formed a partnership to bring new insect silk products to the global market.

Biological control – a natural solution in the war on weeds

Biological control has an outstanding history and great future potential in the battle to control the invasive weeds that impact Australia’s landscapes, biodiversity and agriculture, according to CSIRO.

17th Century Dutch explorers help the Atlas reach a major milestone - 30 million records!

The Atlas of Living Australia added its 30 millionth biodiversity record last week, making it the largest collection of information on Australia’s plants, animals and fungi. CSIRO is a major partner in the Atlas which is a ‘one-stop shop’ for Australian biodiversity information with a quest to build a clearer picture of Australia’s biodiversity.

New research supersite will tell woodlands climate story

An exciting new research Supersite will use a climate station to monitor Western Australia's 16 million hectare Great Western Woodland.

Species affected by climate change: to shift or not to shift?

Relocating species threatened by climate change is a radical and hotly debated strategy for maintaining biodiversity.

Ladybirds – wolves in sheep’s clothing

CSIRO research has revealed that the tremendous diversity of ladybird beetle species is linked to their ability to produce larvae which, with impunity, poach members of ‘herds’ of  tiny, soft-bodied scale insects from under the noses of the aggressive ants that tend them.

United Nations goes crazy over ant management

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rio-Tinto Alcan Gove and CSIRO are celebrating winning the prestigious Biodiversity category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards tonight.

'Barcoding blitz' on Australian moths and butterflies

In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in 'barcoding' 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens – or about 65 per cent of Australia’s 10,000 known species – held at CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra.

Tiger-parrots show their true evolutionary stripes

Recently released genetic research from CSIRO and New Mexico State University in the US is helping scientists better understand how Australian birds evolved.

Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields

Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Communications by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney.

Identifying the origin of the fly

Some may think that the mosquito and the house fly are worlds apart when it comes to common ancestry but new research published this week by an international team of scientists puts them much closer together in evolutionary history.

Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings

Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.

Kakadu still battling South American invader

Biological control of the aquatic weed salvinia in the billabongs of Kakadu National Park has been “fitful and incomplete”.

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