AAHL Regional Program
CSIRO Livestock Industries' Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is supporting Southeast Asian countries in their efforts to control and eradicate infectious animal diseases.
Science for tomorrow: developments
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)
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.
Plant diversity and conservation
CSIRO studies Australian plant diversity and community ecology and aims to conserve and protect it against threats such as exotic plant invasions.
Landscape and building design for bushfire areas
Design for bushfire to be included as a normal part of designing in bushfire-prone areas is encouraged by this book. It will assist planning and building regulatory authorities to improve and administer regulatory requirements and guidelines.
Exotic pests pose pollination threat
How European honeybees, the dominant pollinators of food crops, are under threat in Australia from several exotic species, and the vigilance required to protect them is discussed in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
Lab provides rapid response to emergency animal disease outbreaks
The Diagnostic Emergency Response Laboratory (DERL) was officially opened by the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, on 23 July 2008. Watch as Dr Martyn Jeggo, Director of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), takes you on a virtual tour of this new state-of-the-art laboratory. (13:50)
Dr Lingling Gao: studying aphid resistance
Dr Lingling Gao uses the model plant system, Medicago truncatula, to analyse how plants respond to insects and to help identify ways to improve insect resistance in plants.
Taking the fight to aphids
This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of the main aphid pest species on Australian grain and pasture plants and the best options for managing them. (3 pages)
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.
Low liveweight link to parasites
This three-page article describes how low liveweight can be a predisposing factor in the susceptibility of Merino lambs to two worm species that reduce sheep health and cost Australian sheep growers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Search narrows for lippia biocontrol
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)
CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.
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.