Refuges harbour pests and beneficial insects
That refuge crops, planted near Bt cotton to prevent resistance developing, also support significant populations of secondary pests and beneficial species is argued in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
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.
Foot-and-mouth disease global initiative
AAHL staff are actively involved in an international alliance aimed at developing new vaccines, diagnostic tests and antiviral drugs for foot-and-mouth disease.
Original climate benchmark makes a comeback
An original climate benchmark first identified for South Australian farmers in the 1860’s –Goyder’s Line – is on the move, according to a review by scientists and primary producers.
Mitigation of disease impact
CSIRO researchers are developing novel strategies and products that will limit the spread of major animal diseases.
Armidale, NSW (FD McMaster Laboratory)
Research at FD McMaster Laboratory develops tools for breeders of sheep and cattle to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems, resulting in more efficient animals and better management practices.
CSIRO’s FD McMaster Laboratory conducts research to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems.
Fighting frog fungus
Australian scientists, including a team at CSIRO, were first to identify a fungus as the cause of mass frog declines in Australia and Panama.
Breeding better salmon
The Food Futures Flagship is improving the quality of Tasmanian Atlantic salmon through a selective breeding program.
Science for tomorrow: developments
Four CSIRO research projects from Farming Ahead: invigorating wheat production, accurately mapping water availability, weeding out the risk of pest plants and a survey to help refine seasonal forecasts. (1 page)
Protecting crops against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
Plants with total immunity to the devastating Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus could be a step closer thanks to breeding of resistant species and the creation of a synthetic gene primed to recognise the virus and destroy it. (2 pages)