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.

Our role in responding to animal disease outbreaks

We respond to outbreaks of animal diseases of national impact such as foot and mouth disease, equine and avian influenza.

Biological control of the aquatic weed, Salvinia molesta

Infestations of the aquatic weed, salvinia, disrupted waterways in tropical countries but biological control using a tiny weevil brought it under control in many places.

Predicting catchment water levels after bushfires

CSIRO uses remote sensing technology to accurately predict the long-term impact of bushfires on water yield from major catchments.

Scorched gum leaves: fuel for fire?

In a bushfire, sometimes the leaves of eucalypt trees don’t appear to burn thoroughly. Instead they change from green to brown and are left hanging on the trees. Could these leaves be fuel for another fire?

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A small moth from Mexico and South America will soon join the battle to control the spread of the aggressive weed mimosa (Mimosa pigra) in Australia’s north.

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CSIRO and the global industrial gas company the BOC Group have signed a deal to deliver to the international market a new environmentally-safe fumigant for treating soil, insect pests, weeds and diseases.

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Community groups and land managers in South Australian and WA are being urged to renew their efforts to control one of southern Australia's worst environmental weeds, bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides).

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Australia's tropical savannas cover two million square kilometres and are largely uncleared. They account for about a third of Australia's land-based carbon stores and have the potential to store even more.

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A new fire research and education facility, the first of its kind in Australia, will be launched in the Northern Territory today.

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One of CSIRO's weed and pest experts Dr Mark Lonsdale is the new Chair of a global project, the Global Invasive Species Programme, which is combating the threat of invasive pest species world wide.

Weedy blackberry and raspberry species in Western Australia and strategies for their management

This document details characteristics for identifying Rubus species found in Western Australia and summarises current and future control options and activities. (30 pages)

Predicting catchment water levels after bushfires

CSIRO uses remote sensing technology to accurately predict the long-term impact of bushfires on water yield from major catchments.

Biosecurity and invasive species

We have a history of biological control successes and our scientists are using their expertise to find more natural enemies of introduced weeds.

Biological control of blue heliotrope

CSIRO investigated possible biological control options for the introduced plant, blue heliotrope, which is now a major weed in some areas.

Controlling bridal creeper

In this video see how scientists have found a rust fungus capable of causing severe damage to and eventually killing bridal creeper, one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. (2:30)

Bushfires - Types, Measurement and Fuel

Learn about bushfire classification, measurement and fuel types.

Management and control of bridal creeper

CSIRO scientists have spearheaded the bridal creeper biological control program in Australia through the introduction, monitoring and redistribution of three agents to help control and manage the spread of this environmental weed.

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.

Wood borer infestations: detection and treatment

There are several types of wood borer in Australia. Find out about those most often found in the timber of houses and furniture, and information to assist in their detection and treatment.

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.

CSIRO cane toad research

CSIRO scientists have explored the use of gene technology to reduce the number of Australian cane toads.

New crops, new pests?

This document includes the presentation from forum two of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia, held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (33 pages)

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.

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