Biological control of weeds
CSIRO has been working on the biological control of weeds since the 1920s and now has many active biological control projects underway.
Plant diseases and pests
CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.
Weeding out the risk of pest plants
More accurate assessments of the environmental risks associated with the release of disease-resistant plants are now possible following CSIRO’s development of a new framework that identifies potential weed pests.
New tool to fast-track genetic gain in sheep
Scientists from CSIRO are part of an international team that today launched a new genomic tool which is set to transform the future selection and breeding of sheep around the world.
CSIRO explores protecting poultry from avian influenza
A three-page article by CSIRO Livestock Industries providing in-depth information on our research aimed at protecting poultry from avian influenza and how CSIRO scientists are exploring gene silencing as a means to this end.
Worm study will help future parasite control
This article from Farming Ahead discusses CSIRO research on genetic and physical variations between different strains of Barber’s pole worm which should help producers develop better management strategies to minimise the impact of this parasite. (3 pages)
War on willows
This fact sheet details how CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are researching seed dispersal and polination strategies of one of the most agrresive willow species in Australia to help land managers control invasion in riverbank areas. (2 pages)
Protecting germinating grain crops in southern Australia
This article from Farming Ahead looks at control of pests of germinating crops of cereals, oilseeds and legumes which provide exports worth more than A$6 billion to Australia but cost growers several hundred million dollars each year controlling pests of seedlings. (5 pages)
Bats natural hosts of SARS virus
Collaborative research involving scientists in Australia, China and the US concludes, in a paper published in Science, that bats are highly likely to be the natural host of the virus responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Protecting Tasmania’s salmon industry (Podcast 16 Aug 2007)
Tasmania is renowned for its Atlantic salmon, but the fish are under attack from amoebic gill disease and in this podast Dr Mathew Cook, from CSIRO and the Food Futures Flagship, talks about a new a vaccine designed to boost the productivity of Tasmania’s A$230 million a year Atlantic salmon industry. (4:53)
CSIRO has the capability to create recombinant antibody and peptide-based reagents for innovative diagnostic and therapeutic applications.