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.

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria provides a detailed analysis of the bushfires that devastated Victoria’s western district.

Proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds

This document contains proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, held in Canberra, Australia in 2003. (648 pages)

Aerial fire suppression

CSIRO scientists, as part of the Australian Bushfire CRC, are investigating the effectiveness of aerial suppression of bushfires. The project will provide information needed to shape national aerial firefighting strategies.

National database of agent release sites

This spreadsheet contains information on release sites for bridal creeper biocontrol agents in Australia, including the leafhopper Zygina species, the rust fungus Puccinia myrsiphylli and the leaf beetle Crioceris species.

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.

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.

Avoiding the Deadman Zone information sheet

Download the latest research material on bushfire behaviour - with the latest measures to protect firefighters in a wind change. Download the latest research material on bushfire behaviour - with the latest measures to protect firefighters caught by a wind change.

Biological control of weeds

This brochure outlines the process of controlling weeds with naturally occurring insects and plant pathogens. (2 pages)

Biosecurity and invasive species

To help protect Australia's ecosystems, CSIRO is undertaking invasive species research at pre-border, border and post-border level.

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)

Bitou bush biocontrol agent: the leaf-rolling moth

CSIRO Entomology and New South Wales Agriculture collaborated on a project to rear, release and evaluate the performance of the leaf-rolling moth Tortrix species to help control bitou bush.

Management of invasive European blackberry

A new three-year blackberry biological control project has begun to coordinate the national release of eight additional strains of the leaf-rust fungus Phragmidium violaceum, with potential to enhance biological control of invasive European blackberry in Australia.

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)

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.

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.

Bridal creeper leaf beetle

The leaf beetle is one of three biological control agents released to help manage the spread of bridal creeper in Australia.

Bridal creeper leafhopper

The leafhopper Zygina species was the first biological control agent to be released on bridal creeper in Australia.

Bridal creeper agent release form

Download the agent release form for the leafhopper and rust fungus bridal creeper biocontrol agents. (1 page)

Bridal creeper rust fungus

The rust fungus, Puccinia myrsiphylli, is one of a suite of agents released in Australia as a biocontrol agent for the environmental weed, bridal creeper.

Understanding bushfires to protect lives and property

CSIRO's Bushfire Dynamics and Applications group develops tools and models to better understand bushfire behaviour and to protect lives and property.

Bushfire behaviour and the fire environment

Bushfire behaviour is influenced by the type of available fuel, its amount and its moisture content. Other important factors are the weather, terrain and the fire itself.

Bushfire behaviour research papers: a sample from CSIRO scientists

This grouping of research papers relating to CSIRO bushfire research are available from several journals including the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Bushfire consultancy

CSIRO's Bushfire Dynamics and Applications Team provides a range of consultancy and training services to government and fire management agencies, drawing on the scientific knowledge and expertise of its team.

The Bushfire CRC: understanding bushfires through collaboration

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

Understanding bushfire impact on water yield

In the summer of 2002-03, devastating bushfires destroyed 700 000 hectares of forest in northeast Victoria. CSIRO scientists used remote sensing technologies to estimate the impact of the fires on water yield in major catchment areas.

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