Revealing the global threat of bird flu
A unique and revealing insight into the global threat posed by the current epidemic of H5N1 avian influenza was provided to more than 150 guests at the 2007 Snowdon Lecture held last night at CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong.
United Nations goes crazy over ant management
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rio-Tinto Alcan Gove and CSIRO are celebrating winning the prestigious Biodiversity category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards tonight.
Managing pests under climate change
Invertebrate pests already cost Australian farmers up to A$500 million a year in lost production but the affect climate change could have on their ability to survive and thrive is still largely unknown.
Unlocking genome of world’s worst insect pest
Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Melbourne in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are on the brink of a discovery which will facilitate the development of new, safe, more sustainable ways of controlling the world’s worst agricultural insect pest – the moth, Helicoverpa armigera.
Helping grain growers fight an army of pests
Research into how to reduce the impact of insect-attack on young crops will be a major focus of a National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) workshop to be held in Melbourne from 2-4 September.
New guidelines for predicting fire behaviour
The findings of Australia’s most extensive study to date of the behaviour of high-intensity bushfires in eucalypt forests – Project Vesta – provides valuable new tools and information for fire managers across Australia.
Bat immunity key to controlling deadly viruses
CSIRO research into how bats can host some of the world’s deadliest viruses without suffering any ill-effects themselves will lead to improved strategies for controlling the spread of bat-borne diseases.
Science for tomorrow
This one-page extract from Farming Ahead describes research across CSIRO for rural industries.
Aussie ravens ruled out as West Nile virus indicators
Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria have found that birds are unlikely to be used as part of an ‘early warning’ system designed to alert health authorities to the presence of the deadly West Nile virus in Australia.
Improving wheat yields for global food security
With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield.
Family planning for wild radish
New research into the increasingly herbicide-tolerant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) has revealed increased potential for two ‘contraceptive’ approaches to controlling the noxious weed.
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 four stories on tiger prawn breeding, water resources in forests, models to enhance water planning and linking drought to El Nino. (1 page)
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.
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.
Biological control of Cape tulips
The pasture weeds, Cape tulips, are considered suitable targets for biological control because there are few close relatives among Australian native species and no related crops.