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.

Refuges harbour pests and beneficial insects

That refuge crops, planted near Bt cotton to prevent resistance developing, also support significant populations of secondary pests and beneficial species is argued in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

Paterson's curse

Paterson’s curse is an introduced plant and considered both a valuable pasture species and a toxic weed, out competing other plants and poisoning livestock. Several biological control agents have been released in Australia since the late 1980s to help control this weed.

Worm study will help future parasite control

This article from Farming Ahead discusses CSIRO research on genetic and physical variations between different strains of Barber’s pole worm which should help producers develop better management strategies to minimise the impact of this parasite. (3 pages)

The impact of weeds on rainforests following Cyclone Larry

Severe Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Larry hit the North Queensland coast in 2006 causing extensive destruction to rainforest habitats in the Wet Tropics. The widespread disturbance caused by the cyclone provided ideal conditions for rapid recruitment and spread of invasive weeds in Queensland’s rainforests.

Seed longevity of Carduus nutans in Australia

This one-page poster discusses the results of seed longevity experiments for nodding thistle and the consequences for managing this weed in south-eastern Australia.

Eradicating pest ants from the Top End

CSIRO scientists lead research into the ecology, impacts and control of invasive ant species in northern Australia. A successful eradication project in Kakadu has paved the way for CSIRO leadership of a range of other pest ant management projects.

Foot-and-mouth disease global initiative

AAHL staff are actively involved in an international alliance aimed at developing new vaccines, diagnostic tests and antiviral drugs for foot-and-mouth disease.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2007

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO and related research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of articles published in the magazine throughout 2007.

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)

Armidale, NSW (FD McMaster Laboratory)

Research at FD McMaster Laboratory develops tools for breeders of sheep and cattle to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems, resulting in more efficient animals and better management practices. CSIRO’s FD McMaster Laboratory conducts research to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems.

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)

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.

Dr Jen Smith: sheep breeding for wool quality and production

Dr Jen Smith is a quantitative geneticist with particular skills and interest in wool metrology and breeding Merinos for wool quality and disease resistance.

Smart women use science to conquer weeds

A team of PhD students, jointly supported by CSIRO and the University of Queensland, has won a Smart Women - Smart State award for their research investigating the four major mechanisms behind costly and destructive weed invasions.

Locust researcher named as finalist for Eureka Prize

Dr Richard Milner, an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Entomology in Canberra, has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

Livestock industries’ future – value or volume?

Australasia’s major annual livestock industries’ science conference – Horizons in Livestock Sciences – will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 28-30 October.

Helping grain growers fight an army of pests

Research into how to reduce the impact of insect-attack on young crops will be a major focus of a National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) workshop to be held in Melbourne from 2-4 September.

Dr Lyn Hinds: managing vertebrate pests

Dr Lyn Hind’s research on biotechnological approaches for fertility control will facilitate the management of vertebrate pests in Australia.

Purpose and responsibilities of AAHL

AAHL is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

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