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Products

Baclash – jetting compound for prevention of blowfly-strike in sheep
baNDIcoot™ rapid inspection system – a self-contained, hand-held instrument for non-destructive inspection (NDI) of defects in lightweight composite and sandwich structures; based on an acoustic ‘pitch-catch’ technique
Bandseeding – a sod-seeder machine
BARLEYmax™ – conventionally bred barley variety with the potential to provide a range of human health benefits. Licensed to Goodness Superfoods who manufacture Protein 1st and Digestive 1st as breakfast cereals, on shelves in September 2009. Heart 1st available from October 2009. They assist in promoting bowel and digestive health.
BASINMAN – software, simulates farm water tables and basin water depth
Basolan AS anti-setting agent – a specific chemical agent that prevents inadvertent permanent setting during wool dyeing
BC2C (Biophysical Capacity 2 Change) – a prioritisation tool for estimating the changes in catchment salt generation
BCAider – software, a decision support tool for interpreting Building Code of Australia
Bell-SIRO cheese-maker – a machine for the mechanisation of cheese manufacture
‘Belmont Red’ breed of cattle – developed by crossing Afrikaner cattle with Herefords and Shorthorns to suit the harsh environment of northern Australia – See Cattle for the tropics
Beneficiated Bentonites – customised clay blends product for long-term soil improvement and increased crop productivity; developed with Ipoh Pacific – See Technologies and products (CSIRO Land and Water)
BEST (Built Environment Stone Tile) – test methods
Beta Alistine – skin care creams designed to improve ageing or sun-damaged skin. In 2002 the CRCTGR transformed into TGR Biosciences which licenses technology to the Beta Peptide Foundation
BIOASSESS – toolbox that assesses the biodiversity values of revegetation in agricultural landscapes
Biodegradable marine degreaser – made from naturally-occurring marine oils; developed in 1991 by the CSIRO and Beku Environmental Products Ltd – See Innovative Australia – A record of achievement (Australia in Brief)
Biodegradable packaging – revolutionary packaging materials based on starch, that are fully biodegradable; the new materials could be used for: shopping bags; to pack vegetables; in place of polystyrene trays for baked goods; and other purposes such as mulch film for farming and gardening – See also Smart product packaging (Overview – Science)
BioFiba Biopallets – a synthetic timber made from corn starch, hemp fibre and natural binding agents – an environmentally friendly, cost-effective synthetic board designed to replace timber, plastic and polystyrene in the manufacture of export shipping pallets
BioLink – software, handles taxonomic information in databases, catalogues, maps and keys and combines them all; manages both taxon-based and specimen-based information
BioLives – software that applies bioinformatics in development of livestock production industries
Bio-Loo – humus toilet
BioMass – computer simulation model of tree-growth including water uptake
BioRap – software of biological diversity
BITEMJ – software for two dimensional stress analysis of excavation layouts
BKB and other sheep blowfly contact poisons – developed by Doug Waterhouse in 1939, consisted of a mixture of orthodichlorbenzene, kerosene, Lysol, boric acid and an inert clay carrier. After the war it was temporarily supplanted by DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons, until those were no longer permitted – See Sheep blowfly and other insect pests
BLIS (Building Lifecycle Interoperable Software) – inter-operability of shared data
BLUE 7 – water-based diffusible wood preservative prevents and controls rot and termites in sound and decayed timber; also imparts flame-retardant properties to treated wood; manufactured by Intergrain; distributed by TWA (Thompson White Australia)
BMILL – software, parameters for mindress
Bollgard II cotton cultivar – an insect-resistant genetically modified cotton that is reducing pesticide use by up to 80 per cent – See also Genetically modified cotton varieties
Booroola – merino breed with high lambing rates
Boosted-Output Lamp – atomic spectral discharge lamp designed to provide the best combination of high intensity and efficiency of light emission; developed in conjunction with SGE International
BotAnal – software that estimates pasture yield and composition
Bovigam™ – diagnostic kit for Tuberculosis in cattle – See Tuberculosis diagnosis in animals and humans
Bovilis™ MH vaccine – for the major bacterial disease of cattle, bovine respiratory disease
BRaDD (Bauxite Residue and Disposal Database) – a web-based data platform that enables users to identify current practices worldwide in bauxite residue processing and storage, and evaluate options for sustainable utilisation of residue
Brennan – wheat cultivar that is resistant to stem, stripe and leaf rust
Building structure performance-based design standards – employs a series of analytical and prediction models – See Engineered performance of timber
Bunya – soybean varietal suitable for making tofu; produces preferred gelling properties – See also Soybean research for a growing industry (CSIRO Plant Industry)
Bunyip – software for energy modeling of buildings
BurrliOZ – a statistical software package for use in environmental management of species with regard to understanding the effects of levels of toxins in an environment (free-of-charge) – See also BurrliOZ Software: information sheet (Publication – technical)

Processes

Baa Code Parentage Test – DNA fingerprint test to identify parentage and bloodline of elite sheep; licensed to SignaGen
ß-carotene extraction process from the cells of the brine tolerant alga Dunaliella salina grown in dilute culture in saline lakes. Separation of the cells from the brine by a low cost process that exploited the unique properties of their membranes was developed in the early 1980’s between the CSIRO Division of Chemical Technology’s Biosynthetic Technology Program and a small local company Cockajemmy Pty Ltd. The public company Betatene Ltd was formed and commercialised the process.
Binderless Coal Briquetting Process – adds value to lower grade coal by reducing moisture content and producing a product that is economical and safe to transport
Bioclip™ – a biological process for removing fleece; commercialised by Biological Wool Harvesting Pty Ltd
Bottle Magic Coatings – a process that protects contents against ultraviolet rays – See Sunscreen-For-Bottles (Solution)
BRDF (Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Function) Correction Technique – a technique that improves precision of aerial remotely-sensed survey images – See Birdseye Breakthrough In ‘green’ Mining, 1998 (Media Release)
Breech Strike Prevention – natural form of biological control of wool growth on the breech which is an alternative to mulesing for blowfly strike

Systems

BioCane Technology – uses a fungus that attacks greyback (sugar) cane beetle; licensed to Bio-Care Technology Ltd – See Bio-control of cane pest a commercial reality, 2000 (Media release)
BIOCLIM – software, the first species distribution modelling (SDM) package, released in January 1984. Google Scholar currently provides more than 6000 ‘BIOCLIM’ hits, including more than 2400 from the last five years. BIOCLIM has inspired a whole area of ecological research applied across the whole world. It was developed by Henry Nix (CSIRO Water and Land Resources, Black Mountain) in collaboration with John Busby (Australian Biological Resources Study), using thin plate spline climatic interpolation routines developed by Michael Hutchinson (CSIRO Water and Land Resources, Black Mountain). It typically takes in sample data from a species natural locations and uses climatic interpolation relationships to estimate the range of suitable conditions for that species. This climatic envelope can be used to check conditions at locations in a regular grid to suggest other locations where that species may occur. BIOCLIM has been one of the most influential ecological advances to come out of CSIRO and the set of climatic variables developed for the package continue to be widely used. See http://www.ands.org.au/working-with-data/enabling-data-reuse/data-reuse/where-in-the-world for more on how BIOCLIM works and Climond: global climatologies for bioclimate modelling (https://www.climond.org/Default.aspx) for access to BIOCLIM data.
Biological control of a variety of fungus gnats on seedlings, hydroponically grown flowers and mushrooms using the entomopathologic nematode Steinernema feltiae
Biological control of mimosine toxicity in grazing cattle by infusion with detoxifying rumen bacteria Synergistes jonesii – See Leucaena toxicity solution
Biological control of rabbits using calicivirus – See Myxomatosis to control rabbits
Biological control of rabbits using myxoma virus – See Myxomatosis to control rabbits
Biological control of skeleton weed using the rust fungus Puccinia chondrillina – See Skeleton weed biocontrol
Biological control of the apple borer moth in China using entomopathologic nematodes
Biological control of the aquatic fern Salvinia using the weevil, Cyrtobagous salviniae – See Salvinia biocontrol
Biological control of the banana weevil using entomopathologic nematodes
Biological control of the black currant borer moth using entomopathologic nematodes
Biological control of the black vine weevil in ornamentals using entomopathologic nematodes
Biological control of the carpenter worm, Holcocerus insularis in shade trees using the entomopathologic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae
Biological control of various species of scarabs using entomopathologic nematodes
Biological (insect) control of prickly pear infestations – See Prickly pear control
BlueGen™ is a grid-parallel SOFC system that operates on natural gas producing high efficiency electricity with up to 2kW power export and can also be used as a combined heat and power generation system. At peak efficiency, BlueGen delivers approximately 13,000 kilowatt-hours of low-emission electricity per year. BlueGen is fully remotely controlled and monitored via BlueGen net, with portals for customers, service companies and Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. See Ceramic Fuel Cells
Bluelink> Ocean Forecasting Australia – delivers ocean forecasts for Australian region; IT project between Bureau of Meteorology, Royal Australian Navy and CSIRO – See BLUElink>: reliable ocean forecasting (Profile – Project)
BRIAN (Barrier Reef Image Analysis) – remote sensing system
Broadband Flow Imaging Technology – a blood flow imaging diagnostic ultrasound system; licensed to ATL Ultrasound (now Philips Ultrasound)
BuildingIQ – energy management system software that actively and continuously optimises a building’s energy management control systems to achieve substantial reductions in energy usage
Burdekin-Fitzroy Project Web Mapping System – online interactive map which contains layers of geographic, geological and hydrological information