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.

Foot and mouth disease simulation in Melbourne

Australia’s ability to mount an effective response to a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak will be tested during the three-day International FMD Symposium and Workshop (FMD2010) beginning in Melbourne today.

CSIRO launches Mandarin Podcasts

A series of podcasts in Mandarin language were launched in Canberra today which highlight careers in science and in working with Australian science and industry to a potential audience of 1.2 billion people worldwide.

Bushfire publications: papers (pre-2000)

CSIRO provides reprints of many of its bushfire research papers at no charge.

Calicivirus comes under attack

This article from Farming Ahead looks at how CSIRO researchers are unravelling the source of possible resistance to rabbit calicivirus and looking for new approaches to control rabbits. (3 pages)

Bushfire simulator

Learn about CSIRO's bushfire simulator, which researchers have used to rigorously test the behaviour of firefighting vehicles and equipment, fencing, water tanks and civilian vehicles under bushfire conditions.

Evolution of flying bat clue to cancer and viruses

The genes of long-living and virus resistant bats may provide clues to the future treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer in people, researchers have found.

CSIRO scientists discover a new bat virus in humans

CSIRO scientists have played a key role in discovering that bats are the likely host of a new virus that can cause a serious but apparently non-fatal respiratory tract illness in humans.

39Wasp Ento MedRelTsr

With the population of dangerous European wasps peaking at this time of year, a bigger community effort is needed to stop their spread, the CSIRO has warned.

Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)

An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)

Scientists eradicate deadly cattle disease (Podcast 13 Jul 2011)

Elimination of the deadly cattle plague virus rinderpest makes it the first animal disease in history to have been wiped out by humans. (10:43)

Can biodiversity increase profits on a farm?

A new CSIRO publication shows land managers the economic benefits of looking after biodiversity around the farm ecosystem. (2 pages)

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.

Eye-in-the-sky helps pinpoint prickly problem

CSIRO research on a tool to track the spread of the devastating weed prickly acacia across Australia’s northern grasslands is described in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

Cooling grain reaps benefits for storers and marketers

Cooling during storage can maintain grain in premium condition and maximise its market potential.

Biological control of Emex: the weed and potential agents

The introduced weed, Emex, which costs A$40 million a year in crop losses and production costs in Western Australia alone, has been the target of a biolgical control program.

Revegetation by design: the Queensland bush working for you

This fact sheet describes how CSIRO is partnering with the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia, to investigate native vegetation as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the vegetable industry. (2 pages)

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.

Projecting the cost impact of climate change action

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions through targeted policy action would not adversely affect Australian living standards, according to a senior CSIRO researcher writing in the latest issue of Ecos magazine.

Noogoora burr throws researchers a curve ball

What do you do when a weed fights back? Noogoora burr in Australia’s tropical north has done just that but CSIRO scientists aren’t letting it get away with it.

Carbon dioxide maintains organic grains in premium condition

Carbon dioxide is the mainstay for effective insect control in stored organic and biodynamic grains.

Reward for fight against ant invaders

African Big Headed, Yellow Crazy, Tropical Fire and Singapore ants are only small foot soldiers, but vast colonies of these invasive insects are wreaking havoc throughout northern Australia - causing major environmental, economical and social damage.

Preparing Australia for a Russian wheat aphid invasion

CSIRO scientists are studying how Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia successfully overcomes resistance in wheat in order to protect Australian farmers from this devastating invasive pest.

The Bushfire CRC: understanding bushfires through collaboration

The bushfire research program at CSIRO is part of a large-scale collaborative effort.

Biological control of silverleaf whitefly

Our scientists are researching the biological processes that enable silverleaf whitefly to invade, and investigating the role of landscape structure and scale in exploiting an effective biocontrol agent for this pest species.

Ecology and management of Australian weeds

Integrated weed management research by CSIRO Entomology is helping control some of the introduced plant species that have become weeds in Australia.

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