Scientists working at physical containment level four (PC4), the highest level available.

Safeguarding Australia

Providing an integrated approach to Australia's national biosecurity combining world-leading scientific expertise with cutting-edge diagnostic, surveillance and response capabilities.

Dr Greg Smith: ensuring the containment of animal disease agents

Dr Greg Smith is responsible for microbiological and disease security at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria.

Dr Mark Lonsdale: Director, CSIRO's Biodiversity Portfolio

Dr Mark Lonsdale has extensive experience in the ecology of invasive species and biodiversity.

Blue mussels lead to barnacle free boats (Podcast 11 Dec 2009)

New methods to reduce the growth of plants and animals on surfaces immersed in water, such as ship hulls, are being developed by a team of scientists from CSIRO. (4:24)

Mitigation of disease impact

CSIRO researchers are developing novel strategies and products that will limit the spread of major animal diseases.

A cow jumped over the genome (Podcast 29 Apr 2009)

Groundbreaking findings by an international consortium of scientists who sequenced and analysed the bovine genome, could result in more sustainable food production. (5:34)

Ecosystem Sciences PhD program

The PhD program at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences offers university students an opportunity to conduct research with leaders in science.

Termites get the vibe on what tastes good (Podcast 26 Mar 2007)

Dr Ra Inta explains how termites are able to distinguish between two different foods, without seeing, tasting or touching them, in this six-minute podcast. (6:29)

CSIRO aids tsunami recovery (Podcast 12 Mar 2007)

Discover how CSIRO’s been at the forefront of the post-tsunami reconstruction effort on the island of Pra Thong, off Thailand’s west coast in this three minute podcast. (3:07)

Dr Alexie Papanicolaou: enabling next-generation molecular ecology with genomics and informatics

Dr Alexie Papanicolaou is enabling genomics for non-model species, such as the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa sp.), eucalyptus and fruit flies (Bactrocera sp.) in order to assist research in agriculture, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr Wolfgang Spielmeyer: identifying and cloning wheat genes for yield improvement

Dr Wolfgang Spielmeyer is mapping and isolating important wheat genes for durable disease resistance and greater harvest index to understand underlying mechanisms and to develop markers that will assist in breeding of wheat cultivars.

Mr Kevin Hennessy: analysing the regional impacts of climate change

Mr Kevin Hennessy is analysing observed climate data, developing Australian climate projections from computer simulations, assessing the potential impacts and exploring adaptation options.

Keeping Australia foot and mouth free

This article from Farming Ahead looks at recent conference on Australia's preparedness for a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak and the strategies in place to ensure Australia is not tested with a real-life outbreak. (3 pages)

Advancing Australian aquaculture

The Food Futures Flagship links research and industry partners in projects that raise the value and competitiveness of Australian aquaculture.

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds: results of CLIMEX models Part 3

This document contains profiles for 12 of the 41 alert and sleeper weed species that were assessed for their potential to change distribution due to climate change as part of the report Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds. (86 pages)

Potato cyst nematode in Australia

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how potato cyst nematode is an expensive problem throughout the world and efforts to control its spread affect the movement of produce in 106 countries. (3 pages)

Understanding the connections between land and atmosphere

CSIRO research is improving our understanding of how the interactions between land and atmosphere can impact on climate, water resources, environmental health and productivity.

Improved pest database to protect agriculture

An important tool for protecting Australia’s precious natural environment and agricultural industries has been updated and improved.

Fighting Nipah virus

In 1998-99, an outbreak of a new virus now called Nipah virus killed more than 100 people and thousands of pigs in Malaysia.

Dr Ben Hoffmann: applied ant ecology in northern Australia

Ant ecologist Dr Ben Hoffmann's research focuses on the invasive ecology and management of pest ants, the disturbance ecology of native ant communities and the use of ants as bio-indicators for sustainable land management

Family planning for wild radish

New research into the increasingly herbicide-tolerant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) has revealed increased potential for two ‘contraceptive’ approaches to controlling the noxious weed.

Mr Tim Dyall: agricultural scientist

Mr Tim Dyall is an agricultural scientist with CSIRO Livestock Industries. Based at the FD McMaster Laboratory in Chiswick, New South Wales, his work focuses on data collection, storage and analysis.

Professor Peter Walker: reducing the risk of viral disease emergence

Professor Peter Walker leads research at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), focusing on understanding and mitigating the factors that lead to the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

War on willows

This fact sheet details how CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are researching seed dispersal and polination strategies of one of the most agrresive willow species in Australia to help land managers control invasion in riverbank areas. (2 pages)

Weeding out the risk of pest plants

This two-page information sheet is about CSIRO's latest framework for assessing the weed risk of new disease-resistant plants.

Weeding out the risk of pest plants

More accurate assessments of the environmental risks associated with the release of disease-resistant plants are now possible following CSIRO’s development of a new framework that identifies potential weed pests.

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