Issue 282 – Protecting biodiversity
In this issue of ECOS, we’re focusing on all things biodiversity in recognition of September as Biodiversity month in Australia. Read all about the latest research at CSIRO in protecting our biodiversity, from tips on getting started in citizen science to understanding how sweet it is that songbirds can taste sugar.
How healthy country AI is delivering on-ground benefit
Digital technology can help Indigenous rangers adaptively manage their lands. But it's critical that these tools are co-designed by Traditional Owners to ensure that they deliver benefit back to Indigenous communities. A collaboration called Healthy Country AI is helping to do just that.
The best place for citizen science is wherever you are
You might not be living in a biodiversity hotspot, but the plants, animals and fungi around you matter! By recording them, you can contribute to citizen science.
Studying seabirds: recording biodiversity above ocean waves
Scientists on research vessel Investigator are tackling the challenge of studying seabirds that spend much of their life at sea.
A helping hand (book) for managing fisheries through change
A new evidence-based handbook will help Australian fisheries respond to climate change to ensure sustainable seafood stocks.
What treasures did we find at Ashmore Reef Marine Park?
At the edge of Australia’s continental shelf, in the Timor Sea, you’ll find Ashmore Reef Marine Park. 630 km north of Broome in Western Australia, it’s one of our most remote marine parks. We were part of the area's most comprehensive 'health checks'.
Helping nature adapt to climate change
How is the science of ecology helping our ecosystems adapt to climate change and other human pressures? ECOS put the question to Dr Suzanne Prober, leader of CSIRO’s Adaptive Ecosystem Management team.
Tiny nanopesticides promise big gains to farmers
New research has helped bring nanopesticides—tiny capsules capable of big impact—one step closer to regulatory approval.
The sweet hum of songbirds
The origin of the world’s songbirds is a story that began close to home. Their special ability to detect the sweet taste of sugary food is a similar tale.
Precision fermentation: scaling the next manufacturing revolution
Australia could be a leading supplier of sustainably manufactured products across a range of industries by expanding its local precision fermentation capabilities.