Refuges harbour pests and beneficial insects
That refuge crops, planted near Bt cotton to prevent resistance developing, also support significant populations of secondary pests and beneficial species is argued in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
Paterson’s curse is an introduced plant and considered both a valuable pasture species and a toxic weed, out competing other plants and poisoning livestock. Several biological control agents have been released in Australia since the late 1980s to help control this weed.
Worm study will help future parasite control
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)
The impact of weeds on rainforests following Cyclone Larry
Severe Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Larry hit the North Queensland coast in 2006 causing extensive destruction to rainforest habitats in the Wet Tropics. The widespread disturbance caused by the cyclone provided ideal conditions for rapid recruitment and spread of invasive weeds in Queensland’s rainforests.
Foot-and-mouth disease global initiative
AAHL staff are actively involved in an international alliance aimed at developing new vaccines, diagnostic tests and antiviral drugs for foot-and-mouth disease.
Willow sawfly, first identified in Australia in 2005 and now well established in the ACT and surrounding areas (Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Cooma) of south east New South Wales (NSW), attacks both pest and amenity willows.
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CSIRO marine scientists have developed a technique that gives new hope in the battle to stop the spread of aquatic pests.
Bogong moths have migrated from their breeding areas to the mountains every spring for thousands of years.
Keeping Australia foot and mouth free
This article from Farming Ahead looks at recent conference on Australia's preparedness for a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak and the strategies in place to ensure Australia is not tested with a real-life outbreak. (3 pages)
Advancing Australian aquaculture
The Food Futures Flagship links research and industry partners in projects that raise the value and competitiveness of Australian aquaculture.
Potato cyst nematode in Australia
This article from Farming Ahead discusses how potato cyst nematode is an expensive problem throughout the world and efforts to control its spread affect the movement of produce in 106 countries. (3 pages)
OzConverter is a specialist tool developed by Dr Tom Harwood, to assist in preparing climate change scenario files from OzClim.
Fighting Nipah virus
In 1998-99, an outbreak of a new virus now called Nipah virus killed more than 100 people and thousands of pigs in Malaysia.
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.
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A new book on grasshoppers and locusts, which represents nearly 100 years of scientific research, will assist agriculturalists understand more about locust plagues.
United Nations goes crazy over ant management
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rio-Tinto Alcan Gove and CSIRO are celebrating winning the prestigious Biodiversity category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards tonight.
Improving wheat yields for global food security
With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield.
Climate change and invasive plants in South Australia
This report identifies weed threats and adaptation options for South Australia under projected future climate. Researchers found that increasing temperatures will allow many weed species to invade further south and east in South Australia. (107 pages)
Bushfires cloud air pollution problem
Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.