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Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2008

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector and this is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2008.

  • 5 December 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011

December 2008

This Farming Ahead article describes how CSIRO scientists have been investigating potential opportunities in energy efficiency, regional biodiesel self sufficiency and bioenergy production for Australian grain growers. (3 pages)

This Farming Ahead article describes CSIRO research on the effects of crop sequence, fertiliser regime and soil fungi on the mineral content of wheat crops. (3 pages)

This Farming Ahead article describes research by CSIRO scientists on the importance of coleoptile tiller size to improved early vigour in wheat. (2 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on protecting endangered birds, an online game on catchment health, a climate change study for agriculture and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. (1 page)

 

November 2008

This article from Farming Ahead describes research that shows that as well as meeting the nutritional needs of broadacre crops, the benefits of a single application of treated human waste, or biosolids can last several years. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses research that has revealed that muscling, a trait that Merino breeders have largely overlooked, can help breeders develop a more versatile and profitable flock. (2 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes an investigation by scientists into the role global positioning system monitors can play in understanding the relationship between temperature and sheep grazing patterns. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on the fight against a new wheat rust strain, the importance of Australian biological collections, a foot and mouth disease model in cattle and the fight against noogoora burr. (1 page)

 

October 2008

This article from Farming Ahead describes how scientists have identified potential adaptation strategies that will help reduce the effects of climate change on the agricultural sector. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes CSIRO research on simple rules for combining data from electro-magnetic sensing and gamma-ray spectrometry that overcome the limitations of the single data sets and give farmers a more accurate picture of soil conditions. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead looks at how international researchers, including CSIRO Entomology scientists, are narrowing their search for an effective biological control agent for lippia, a serious weed in the Murray Darling Basin. (2 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on groundwater, adapting to climate change, assessing a ‘green’ agricultural system and cover cropping. (1 page)

 

September 2008

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how researchers from the Northern Australia Irrigation Futures project have examined surface and groundwater systems in Australia’s north and helping governments improve their understanding of the potential for various forms of irrigation. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how the results of a CSIRO study into silverleaf whitefly control have broad implications for cost-effective strategies across a spread of farming environments. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how CSIRO scientists, in their research on phasing out mulesing, are evaluating the selective breeding of Merinos for resistance to breech strike. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on biocontrol for the aquatic weed, cabomba, healthy barley foods, Helicoverpa genome sequencing and better wheat varieties. (1 page)

 

August 2008

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on biofactories to produce ‘green’ plastics, drought tolerant wheats, the Kyoto Protocol as a first step in assessing climate change risks and providing technical expertise for Borneo’s Planted Forests Project. (1 page)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how researchers have found that revegetation of some productive land as well as unproductive land is necessary to substantially improve ecological outcomes. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how researchers have closely monitoring contamination levels of raw cotton and stress that stakeholders must remain vigilant if Australia is to maintain its international standing as a high-quality producer. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses the use of computer modelling by CSIRO researchers to investigate how often wheat crops have more value for grazing than for grain production. (2 pages)

 

July 2008

This article from Farming Ahead looks at research by CSIRO on the potential for mixed farmers to use dual-purpose canola to produce livestock forage during the winter and an oilseed crop later in the year. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses CSIRO research on genetic and physical variations between different strains of Barber’s pole worm which should help producers develop better management strategies to minimise the impact of this parasite. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on tiger prawn breeding, water resources in forests, models to enhance water planning and linking drought to El Nino. (1 page)

 

June 2008

This article from Farming Ahead discusses research that shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is widespread occurrence of a positive charge in WA soils which has important implications for soil and fertiliser management strategies. (4 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how researchers have modelled the potential increases in margins for wheat farmers from adjusting fertiliser application rates to match the crop yield potential of soil types. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how the collaborative Lower Murray Landscape Futures Project has developed a decision-making tool to assess the impact of natural resource management actions on the condition of landscapes. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on a flowering study to improve crops, regional biodiversity outcomes, measuring carbon stores and a chemical process to produce bio-crude. (1 page)

 

May 2008

This article from Farming Ahead outlines why the CSIRO European laboratory was established, its role now and some of its current research projects. (2 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead details research by CSIRO on how variations in salinity affect the mineral composition and balance of river saltbushes and how this will allow producers to avoid potential mineral imbalances in livestock. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead details how researchers have been collecting information about how cattle interact with each other and exploring the links between animal behaviour and genetics. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on agriculture and climate change, a plant pest database, a biocontrol agent for boneseed and fire’s impact on water yields. (1 page)

 

April 2008

This article from Farming Ahead discusses the results of a study on Pythium root disease complexes which will enable grain growers to improve the sustainability and productivity of their crop rotations. (4 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how scientists in a collaborative project have evaluated the effectiveness of deep open drains as a solution to dryland salinity at the farm and catchment scale, in Western Australia. (4 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes research on the impact of native revegetation plantings on fox activity that was done because of landholder concerns that revegetation sites might benefit foxes and increase predation on lambs. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on a ‘trigenomic’ chromosome to help in breeding disease resistant wheat, a new soybean variety to help cane growers, technology uptake by graziers and safeguards against the livestock disease, capripox. (1 page)

 

March 2008

This article from Farming Ahead details research on the use of computer simulation models to show how climate change is likely to affect the invasive plant, lippia, in the Murray-Darling Basin and how the results are relevant to other riparian weeds. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes how scientists have been exploring new methods of mapping the condition of native vegetation in parts of the Murray Catchment in New South Wales using a combination of technologies. (4 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses a new nitrogen management system developed by CSIRO that could have major benefits for sugarcane-growing areas as well as reducing nitrogen run-off into the Great Barrier Reef. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes a computer-based index devised by CSIRO researchers that can estimate the ‘leakiness’ of grazed, arid and semi-arid rangeland landscapes by using a combination of remote sensing and geographic information system technologies. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on increasing the range of durum wheat varieties, a joint venture to improve cotton varieties, how the sex life of silverleaf whiteflies affects their invasiveness and developing biofuels. (1 page)


 

February 2008

This article from Farming Ahead describes CSIRO research on resistance levels in cotton bollworm populations as part of a monitoring program that aims to ensure GM cotton varieties continue to offer long-term resistance against the bollworm. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead describes research by CSIRO and the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre on a detailed comparison of Old man and river saltbushes as part of a project on improving the profitability of saltbush-based pastures. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on the use of remote sensing in forest management, the devlopment of nitrogen-use-efficient grains, changes in the risk area for South Australian cropping and changing rainfall patterns. (1 page)

 

January 2008

This article from Farming Ahead describes a study by CSIRO scientists which evaluated the effectiveness of grain harvest bags when used under Australian conditions. (3 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how CSIRO researchers carried out a simulation of a hypothetical fine wool Merino enterprise using the computer tool, GrassGro. (2 pages)

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how CSIRO scientists and landholders have collaborated to identify and implement best practice salinity management strategies in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia. (3 pages)

Four stories on CSIRO research into water flow interactions, fighting legume fungal diseases, improving Thai beef and health benefits from a new barley from Farming Ahead. (1 page)



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