The Fire Triangle
A fire requires air, heat and fuel to grow. To control the fire, at least one of them must be removed.
Biological control of Gorse
Scientists at CSIRO’s European laboratory are investigating fungal pathogens that may have potential for use as biological control agents against Ulex europaeus in Australia.
Grassland Fire Danger Meter
The Grassland Fire Danger Meter is used by rural fire authorities across Australia to predict the risk of grassland fires.
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.
The amount of curing (dead grass in grassland) is an important input into fire danger rating systems. CSIRO scientists are developing improved methods of assessing grassland curing, and are investigating methods of predicting future curing levels.
Wilson's Bushfire House Survival Meter
Wilson's Bushfire House Survival Meter provides homeowners with a guide to the probability of a house surviving a bushfire based on six important factors.
Dr Tim Heard: the insect tracker
On the hunt for exotic species for biological control use in Australia, Dr Tim Heard, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, often finds himself in faraway places offering rewarding experiences.
The hunt for useful exotic animal and plant species has taken Dr Tim Heard, a tropical weeds senior research scientist, to faraway places.
Managing invasive insects
CSIRO is developing biological control techniques for the management of some of Australia’s main insect pests. This will help reduce the amount of pesticide used and provide control at a landscape level.
Controlling mesquite in northern Australia
Scientists at CSIRO are using an integrated management approach aimed at providing a basis for long-term management of mesquite, including mechanical, chemical and biological techniques and the use of fire and grazing strategies.
Myxomatosis and rabbits in Australia today
Introduced by CSIRO in 1950, myxomatosis almost wiped out Australia’s pest rabbits. Natural selection has led to a balance between myxoma virus and wild rabbits today, but pet bunnies remain highly susceptible.
The virus that stunned Australia's rabbits
Read how CSIRO stopped rabbits in their tracks in the 1950s.
In the 1950s, millions of rabbits were decimating Australian agriculture and destroying the environment. CSIRO scientists responded by releasing a virus that had a dramatic effect.
What a tangled food web
Scientists are studying interactions between insect communities in crop and non-crop vegetation to help get the most out of natural pest control. (2 pages)
Parts of a fire
Bushfires have heading, backing and flanking fires. Each of these components of the overall bushfire has different characteristics.
Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools
Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools describes the main findings and recommendations of a major biomedical study examining the effects of wildfire fighting on firefighters’ physiology and behaviour