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.

Pest management in new cropping systems

This document includes presentations from session four of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australia Capital Territory. (183 pages)

01Bannantine CLI MedRelTsr

A leading American livestock disease expert, Dr John Bannantine, has been awarded a McMaster Fellowship to support CSIRO Livestock Industries' efforts to reduce the impact of Johne's disease.

CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter

The CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter is used by rural fire authorities to predict a fire’s potential rate of forward spread across continuous grassland in gently undulating terrain.

Emergency detection and response

CSIRO technologies are helping Australians prepare for, detect, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergency situations.

Biological control of water hyacinth

One of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, water hyacinth, has been controlled in many places around the world using biological control agents.

The Paterson’s curse root weevil

This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the root weevil, Mogulones geographicus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.

Equine influenza

This fact sheet provides information about equine influenza and the outbreak of disease that occurred in Australia during 2007.

Fungus foils plague locust attacks

This two-page article from Farming Ahead details how CSIRO has developed a new locust control measure from a strain of the naturally occurring fungus Metarhizium.

Australian ladybird beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) their biology and classification

This 288-page book includes a revision of all 57 current genera of Australian Coccinellidae, recognising 260 valid described species, and including some newly described genera and species.

New paradigms for managing new pests under new climates

This document includes presentations from session five of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia, held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (105 pages)

Managing plant invasions from agriculture

This document includes presentations from session two of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (147 pages)

Dr Gene Wijffels: Research Program Leader, Integrated Mammalian Biology

Dr Gene Wijffels is a protein chemist with expertise in protein interactions, vaccine development and immunology.

Biosecurity and invasive species

This fact sheet outlines biosecurity research by CSIRO, which is helping to manage the increasing threat and damage from invasive alien species that come with globalisation. (2 pages)

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.

Breeding better salmon

The Food Futures Flagship is improving the quality of Tasmanian Atlantic salmon through a selective breeding program.

Improved pest database to protect agriculture

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

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.

Integrated science for our carbon future

The 'Integrated science for our carbon future' presentation was delivered by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. Provided here is an adapted transcript of the speech, which was addressed to Greenhouse 2011 in Cairns, Queensland, on 4 April.

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria provides a detailed analysis of the bushfires that devastated Victoria’s western district.

Managing pests under climate change

Invertebrate pests already cost Australian farmers up to A$500 million a year in lost production but the affect climate change could have on their ability to survive and thrive is still largely unknown.

New solutions to water management issues

We focus on finding new, integrated ways to manage our water supply and water resources issues. This includes land use change, salinity, climate change, groundwater extraction and drainage schemes. 

Aphids teach scientists a thing or two

In recently unravelling the genome of the pea aphid, an international consortium of researchers has taken a major step towards understanding how to better control that bane of farmers and gardeners around the world.

CSIRO targets crop killer: Fusarium (Podcast 25 Mar 2010)

With a study just published in the prominent scientific journal nature, researchers have moved a step closer to beating Fusarium, a devastating fungus affecting many crops worldwide, including wheat and barley. (5:31)

Aussie ravens ruled out as West Nile virus indicators

Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria have found that birds are unlikely to be used as part of an ‘early warning’ system designed to alert health authorities to the presence of the deadly West Nile virus in Australia.

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