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.

Torching tankers – evaluating fire vehicle protection systems

CSIRO’s bushfire researchers used a bushfire simulator and field experiments to measure the effectiveness of spray protection devices fitted to fire tankers.

The Fire Triangle

A fire requires air, heat and fuel to grow. To control the fire, at least one of them must be removed.

The CSIRO Fire Danger and Fire Spread Calculator

CSIRO’s grassland and forest fire danger and spread meters are now available as a computer program.

Fuel moisture content and bushfire behaviour

The moisture content of fuel determines the ease with which it will burn, affecting the behaviour and spread of bushfires.

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.

Grassland curing

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.

Understanding building infrastructure performance in bushfires

From the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires to the present, all bushfires involving significant house loss have been surveyed by CSIRO bushfire researchers.

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.

McArthur Mk 5 Forest Fire Danger Meter

The McArthur Forest Fire Danger Meter, first introduced in 1967, helps rural fire authorities to predict fire danger in Australian forests.

Monitoring for the establishment of leaf rolling moth

This brochure discusses research into conditions affecting the low establishment rate of the bitou bush leaf-rolling moth and how to monitor for population establishment. (2 pages)

Mesquite biocontrol with the sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa

The sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa was investigated as a potential biological control agent for mesquite, a woody weed invading semi-arid and arid parts of Australia.

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)

CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia

The CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia predicts the rate of spread of fires in open grassland, woodland, and open forest with a grassy understorey.

Biological control of Onopordum thistles in South-East Australia

CSIRO researchers have successfully released biological agents to attack Onopordum thistles that thrive in high fertility soils in south-east Australia.

Parts of a fire

Bushfires have heading, backing and flanking fires. Each of these components of the overall bushfire has different characteristics.

Making use of the natural predators and parasites found in native vegetation

This information sheet discusses research on the role of native vegetation as a source of beneficial insects leading to improved pest management strategies for cotton and grain growers. (2 pages)

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

Mesquite biocontrol with the sap-sucking psyllid, Prosopidopsylla flava

This fact sheet describes research on the sap-sucking psyllid, Prosopidopsylla flava which was released in Australia as a biological control agent for mesquite.

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