Water and climate
This two-page information sheet outlines work being carried out by the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship to reduce the uncertainty of both water supply and demand in the face of climate change.
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)
CSIRO reveals how continents can break apart
A paper co-authored by CSIRO’s Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb and published in Nature today reveals new information on the strength of continents and how they can split apart.
Unlocking the ways insects survive without air
CSIRO research shows that grain insects capable of surviving incredibly low levels of oxygen for up to 20 days, reduce their metabolic need for oxygen and compensate by breathing significantly more regularly.
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.
Science for tomorrow: New developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains three stories on resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus, the Indian Ocean imprint in Australia’s south-east and fighting flystrike in sheep. (1 page)
Controlling mesquite in northern Australia
Scientists at CSIRO are using an integrated management approach aimed at providing a basis for long-term management of mesquite, including mechanical, chemical and biological techniques and the use of fire and grazing strategies.
Modelling species responses to climate
CSIRO Entomology has developed a software package to predict the possible distribution and movement of insects, vertebrates, weeds and pathogens in response to various climatic scenarios.
Eradicating pest ants from the Top End
CSIRO scientists lead research into the ecology, impacts and control of invasive ant species in northern Australia. A successful eradication project in Kakadu has paved the way for CSIRO leadership of a range of other pest ant management projects.
Biological control of silverleaf whitefly
Our scientists are researching the biological processes that enable silverleaf whitefly to invade, and investigating the role of landscape structure and scale in exploiting an effective biocontrol agent for this pest species.
The Australian salute: nuisance flies
This fact sheet explains how flies differ from other insects and describes characteristics of some of the more common species associated with human activity.
White-tailed spiders are common in urban environments and are often found wandering houses at night in search of prey. Their bite has been implicated in tissue ulceration; however there has been little evidence to substantiate such claims.
Pollinator decline not reducing crop yields just yet
The well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields, according to the results of an international study published in the latest edition of the respected science journal, Current Biology.