Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


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Breaking news

What’s our role in the search for missing flight MH370?

Many people have been asking CSIRO for our take on the situation, the ocean, the technology being used to find the debris of the plane – so we wanted to let you know how our technology is being used and how we’re assisting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

CSIRO astronomer wins top Tall Poppy prize

CSIRO astronomer Dr George Hobbs has become the 2011 Young Tall Poppy of the Year for NSW.

CSIRO launches new water book

A new book designed to inform business, government and the community about the importance of one of Australia's invaluable natural resources – water – will be launched in Canberra today by CSIRO's Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark.

New research supersite will tell woodlands climate story

An exciting new research Supersite will use a climate station to monitor Western Australia's 16 million hectare Great Western Woodland.

Closing the phosphorus-efficiency gap

Ways to reduce the costs of phosphorus fertiliser use on farms – critical for sustaining high agricultural production in many Australian farming systems – have been identified in a new suite of journal papers.

CSIRO bat pack helps unravel Hollywood Contagion

A reference to research undertaken by CSIRO’s “bat pack” team highlights the role CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria, would play in a real-world version of Hollywood’s latest disaster flick - Contagion.

QCATs Experience Days inspire school students

Brisbane high school students are this week experiencing the range of science and engineering careers open to university graduates.

Cotton researchers win CSIROs top award

The team of researchers responsible for developing a new variety of cotton which now constitutes 80 per cent of Australia's total annual cotton crop was today presented with CSIRO's highest award for excellence – the Chairman’s Medal for Research Achievement.

Pollen research not be sniffed at

Pollen may annoy allergy sufferers in springtime but, viewed under the microscope, a pollen grain is a thing of beauty.

Churning galaxy is a snake pit

The violent swirling of the gas between the stars has been captured for the first time with a CSIRO telescope.

Parkes 50th anniversary open days

CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope - 'The Dish' - turns 50 on 31 October and will celebrate with public open days on 8 and 9 October.

X-ray vision to characterise mineral ores

A new state of the art x-ray imaging detector smaller than a postage stamp is the key to a powerful new method of characterising mineral ores, according to an article published today in the October issue of CSIRO’s Process magazine.

A new leaf turns in carbon science

A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess future climate change.

New energy in search for future wind

Scientists are taking the first steps to improve estimates of long-term wind speed changes for the fast-growing wind energy sector, intended to reduce the risks for generators in a changing climate.

Boost for high rainfall zone wheat research

Research into developing more productive wheat varieties in Australia has been given a major boost following an equity investment in HRZ Wheats Pty Ltd by one of the nation's leading agricultural disease and pest control companies, Dow AgroSciences Australia Ltd.

Predicting the ‘next big thing’

CSIRO continues its support of up-and-coming ICT innovators at Tech23.

CSIRO welcomes its 2011 Fulbright scholar

In 2008, CSIRO and the Fulbright Commission entered into a partnership to sponsor a scholarship enabling one high-quality US postgraduate student to spend up to 12 months, working with one of the National Research Flagships. In late August, we welcome our third Fulbright scholar, Marvin Alfaro.

'The Dish' finds a 'diamond planet'

Astronomers using 'The Dish' – CSIRO's radio telescope near Parkes, NSW – believe they've found a small planet made of diamond, orbiting an unusual star.

Emission sources identified in Huon Study

Emissions from domestic wood-fired heaters in southern Tasmania's Huon Valley dwarf emissions from forest regeneration burns, according to a new CSIRO study.

Galaxies are running out of gas

A CSIRO study has shown why the lights are going out in the Universe.

CSIRO and Clover to develop new, healthy ingredients for infant formulas

CSIRO and ingredients manufacturer, Clover Corporation Limited, are developing the next generation of nutritional ingredients for infant formulas.

Saving eyesight an award-winning ICT endeavour

Research helping to save the eyesight of people in the rural and remote areas of Australia has won the top prize at the 2011 national iAwards, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry’s peak awards event held in Melbourne last night.

War on willows

Willows are major environmental weeds of riverbank habitats across much of south-eastern Australia. They obstruct water flow, increase water temperature, change water chemistry and can displace native riverine plant species.

Can CSIRO help reduce your power bills?

Feeling the chill this winter? Or in summer do you feel like you’re living in an oven?

CSIRO’s own to lead international research centre

CSIRO's Dr Neal Wai Poi will lead the development of a major new international mining and mineral processing research centre based in Santiago, Chile.

Deep-ocean sentinels on northern climate watch

Three deep-ocean moorings have become the foundation for a new drive to measure change in currents linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans through the Indonesia Archipelago – a key factor influencing Australia's climate.

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