Overview Australia has adopted a strategy to maintain safe levels of cadmium in its agricultural soils and produce: an important move in ensuring safe food for Australians and a competitive edge for our agricultural exports. The National Cadmium Minimisation Strategy (NCMS), working under the Primary Industries Standing Committee (formerly SCARM), provides a consistent and coordinated […]
In 2017 Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD), the only company that supplies cotton seed to Australian cotton growers, celebrated their 50th anniversary. CSD put together this video to highlight the important partnership with CSIRO to develop and market cotton that benefits growers’ bottom line and is good for the environment and for rural communities.
Awarded to our agriculture and food rust researchers for contributing to global food security by protecting cereal crops against rust diseases. We worked with the Grains Research and Development Corporation on this pioneering research.
CSIRO selected and crossed Australian native limes to produce new citrus varieties with their own unique taste.
CSIRO scientists developed an injectable recombinant sub-unit vaccine for infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) which attacks the immune system of young chickens, causing illness and death. This vaccine was one of the first genetically engineered vaccines for veterinary applications. The control of IBDV was identified as a priority by the poultry industry world-wide. The project […]
Wood is the most versatile material on Earth. It is used for an extraordinary array of products, and is even seen as a renewable source of fuel and chemicals in a world of decreasing oil reserves. The ability to measure the properties of wood is fundamental to forest assessment and genetic improvement programs, and to […]
For many years, the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE, now ABARE) mapped Australia as three national agricultural zones on the basis of the use primary producers made of the land. The most prosperous was always the ‘wheat/sheep zone’, or wheat belt: the others were the inner, largely semi-arid, ‘pastoral zone’, and the ‘high rainfall zone’ […]
The sirex wasp (Sirex noctilio) kills healthy pine trees by introducing a wood-rotting fungus and toxic mucous into the tree. This fungus introduced by the female wasp spreads throughout the tree and provides food for the burrowing sirex larvae. In the 1940s the wasp wiped out one third of New Zealand’s pine trees, before almost […]
So dramatic was the growth of the Australian wine industry through the 1980s and 1990s that much of the foundation research that made this expansion possible has disappeared beneath the avalanche of its own success. Until recently wine was one of Australia’s fastest-growing export industries, yet only four decades ago very little table wine was […]