Preventing farmageddon: new startup targets fruit fly
Our former researchers have founded RapidAIM to take their revolutionary fruit fly-monitoring technology to the world.
Interronauts | CSIRO podcast Ep 15: Please no Genie McGene Face, infertile invasive mozzies, and science digest
Researchers Kate Tepper and Gavin Volpato join Jesse to chat about our project to release sterilised male mosquitoes to drown-out an invasive mozzie species responsible for dengue fever and Zika—plus, also a fortnight science news digest.
Species richness: our EOFY stock-take reveals over 200 newly discovered species
In the last year we've discovered and named over 200 different species including fossil insects, a catshark from PNG, a macadamia-blighting weevil, and a daisy known from just 20 individuals.
Gene drive technology: A new hope in the fight against feral cats
With feral cats killing an estimated two thousand native animals each minute, measures beyond those of reserves and baiting need to be considered. Gene drives present a new area of research and public discussion.
Fighting creepy with crawly
Spiders rank pretty low on most people’s ‘animals I’d like to work with’ scale. But this 'recovering arachnophobe' is putting her fears aside for science.
Devourer of worlds: two of the worst pests have hybridised into a global ‘mega-pest’
The remarkably flexible cotton bollworm has overcome most insecticides and devoured global crop staples, and has now landed on the previously untarnished New World, there, with hybridisation now possible—it's a race against time for researchers to map its genome and find the genetic flaws to put a halt on its calamitous appetite.
Hot on the tracks of feral animals in the Top End
Our new tracking tech is helping manage the impacts of feral buffaloes and pigs in Arnhem Land.
Taking the bite out of sheep parasites with spider venom
Milking tarantulas may help to rid sheep of gastrointestinal parasites, a problem that costs our Australian sheep industry $400 million a year.
Scaring is caring: our hi-tech scarecrow that protects crops from elephants and other pest animals
New adaptable technology has been trialled to help save farmers’ crops from animal pests, from Africa to Australia.
Six-armed ecosystem engineers remedy farming woes from the ground up
Over the past 50 years these six-legged friends have been on a roll, helping us clean up the 280 million cow pats produced daily in Australia.
Lab-on-a-glove: Swipe left on nerve agents
We co-developed the ‘lab-on-a-glove’, which can detect a group of nerve agent OP compounds found in some pesticides, while in the field.
Interronauts | Pilot Episode: Whale Menopause, Panda Thumbs, Frisky Wrens, and Antarctic Voyages
In the pilot episode of Interronauts, the CSIRO podcast, Jesse, Sophie, and Adrian talk about menopausal whales, panda thumbs, Tasmanian tiger brains, and frisky wrens. They also have a chat with Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith about the launch of the new ASKAP radio telescope, and discuss research around CSIRO: mouse plagues and trips to Antarctica.