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.
CSIRO opens rapid response animal disease centre
The Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, officially opened CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Diagnostic Emergency Response Laboratory (DERL) at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong today.
AAHL workers reunite for 25th anniversary
More than 160 former workers will visit CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong this morning to celebrate their part in constructing the facility at the AAHL Construction 25 Years On Reunion.
Common paper wasps
Common paper wasp nests occur around the home hanging from eaves, pergolas or vegetation. Adult wasps will defend their nest and can sting repeatedly if threatened or when the nest is disturbed.
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.
Scientific summer for top Aussie students
Nineteen stellar tertiary students from around Australia will swap beachwear for lab coats this summer to work on their own science projects at CSIRO in Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Merbein and Narrabri.
Science for tomorrow
A one-page snapshot of CSIRO research with four articles about sheep flystrike, genetically modified peas, bird flu and fox activity.
Minibeasts Senior post-visit notes
CSIRO runs an interactive Minibeasts Senior program for Years 3 - 6 students in the Northern Territory. Our post-visit teacher resources help your students get the most out of the workshop.
Revegetation by design: the Queensland bush working for you
This fact sheet describes how CSIRO is partnering with the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia, to investigate native vegetation as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the vegetable industry. (2 pages)
Science for tomorrow: developments
This one-page extract contains information on CSIRO research on controlling carp in rivers, improving vegetation mapping, improved accessibility to the Australian National Insect Collection and lifting the success of revegetation.