More of our animal breeding work
Reducing salmon disease
CSIRO scientists are working with Tasmania's Atlantic salmon growers to prevent amoebic gill disease (AGD) in salmon.
Marker-assisted breeding is a technique that can be used in plants and animals to select qualities that are desirable for farmers and consumers. It uses conventional breeding approaches and does not involve transgenic approaches.
CSIRO auctions historic bull semen for charity
Advances in science mean a historic collection of bull semen is no longer required by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and will now be auctioned to raise money for the charities Drought Angels, the Queensland Country Women’s Association and Beyond Blue.
A discovery by CSIRO scientists is central to the Australian Poll Gene Marker test, which is helping Australian cattle breeders select the best breeding cattle. It may also help the industry end the painful practice of dehorning beef cattle.
Breeding better salmon
We are working with Tasmania's Atlantic salmon farming industry to improve the growth, health and product quality of salmon.
Chicken sex determination
A new gene technology to differentiate between male and female chicks pre-hatch could improve animal production, reduce costs and eliminate ethical dilemmas for the egg and poultry industries.
Some of our gene technology research produces genetically modified products which provide innovative and unique opportunities for Australian agriculture and consumers.
Gene technology encompasses several techniques including marker-assisted breeding, RNAi and genetic modification. Only some gene technologies produce genetically modified organisms. We use the most appropriate technique, or combination of techniques, to achieve the desired goal.