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Project update - July 2021

This month marks the end of a 60-year era at CSIRO Ginninderra Experiment Station, as the property has been decommissioned for agricultural research activities. With CSIRO’s Boorowa Agricultural Research Station fully up and running, and the Ginninderra property being prepared for future sustainable urban living and conservation, it’s timely to reflect on a little of our history.

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ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers carrying out the 2021 autumn burns at CSIRO Ginninderra

To burn or not to burn - that's the questions for scientists
Our scientists and the Ginninderra Catchment Group are one step closer to answering the question of ‘how can we best restore our native grasslands?’ after recent autumn ecological burns at CSIRO

On first impression, burning of the native grasslands seems like a destructive process, as the visible grass is rapidly reduced to black ash and stubble beneath the flames and smoke.

However, the latest science, and evidence of past Indigenous land practice, point to quite the opposite, according to Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG) Acting Chairman and CSIRO Honorary Fellow, Ken Hodgkinson.
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This world record-breaking canola crop at Oberon NSW was born out of research at CSIRO Ginninderra.

Ginninderra's part in record-breaking canola crop

A recent world record-breaking canola crop was born out of CSIRO experiments in the back paddocks of Ginninderra, and the persistence of those who took-up and ran with our research.

When a mixed farming business at Oberon, NSW tipped the scales with a world record 7.16 tonnes per hectare for a canola harvest, the farm manager was quick to acknowledge the role of CSIRO science, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funding and the joint work to develop dual-purpose canola cropping pioneered at Ginninderra.

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Hydrogen to fuel a clean and bright future 

A new Hydrogen Industry Mission launched by CSIRO will help support the world’s transition to clean energy, create new jobs and boost the economy.

Hydrogen, when mixed with oxygen, can be used as an emissions-free fuel source to generate electricity, power or heat. But it is expensive to turn into a fuel.

The research mission will help drive down the cost of hydrogen production to under $2 per kilogram, making the fuel more affordable and helping to position Australia to lead the world in exporting hydrogen by 2030.

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