In the late 1950”s Australian agronomists realised that the native pastures of northern Australia had to be supplemented by new legumes to produce high quality feed for cattle. Through the work of Dr Mark Hutton of CSIRO and an extensive breeding program based on adapting suitable plants from overseas, a new legume, Siratro, was developed […]
A record of flammability trials carried out by the CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry in collaboration with the Standards Association of Australia. The fabrics tested covered a spectrum of flammability characteristics and consisted of natural and synthetic fibres and blends of these.
99-year-old South Australian farmer Bob Dawson reminisces about his association with CSIRO in studying the importance of cobalt for animal nutrition – an association that began in 1935.
Australia’s new decimal currency was released on 14 February 1966 and when forgeries were detected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) commenced a long collaboration with CSIRO with the aim of providing a polymer based note with optically variable security devices. This film was produced for a meeting in 1974 attended by the RBA Governor and the CSIRO Chairman to demonstrate a proof of concept.
All species of pine trees are susceptible to attack by the woodwasp, Sirex noctilio. When Sirex was first discovered on the Australian mainland, in 1961, the softwood plantations of southern Australia were threatened with destruction. The initial attack on the wasp was a search-and-destroy program, but the study of the life cycle of the pest […]
Bovine Contagious Pleuropneumonia was once the most-dreaded disease of the Australian cattle industry. Introduced into Australia in 1858, it spread to all the major cattle areas causing the loss of livestock markets, both local and overseas. This disease has now been eradicated. The history of its eradication is an example of successful collaboration between State […]
Selected species of dung beetles imported from Africa are being mass bred in Australia for release in cattle breeding areas. Early results indicate that they will prove an outstanding example of biological control.
This remarkable film record of marsupial birth shows mating, the female’s preparation for the birth of her young and, finally, the birth itself.
The Culgoora radioheliograph records second-by-second pictures of the Sun’s radio-emission at a wavelength of 3.75 meters. Located in northern New South Wales, the giant circular array of 96 aerials provides Australian radio-astronomers with a unique method of studying the violent but short-lived explosions which occur on the Sun’s surface. An immense explosion on March 1, […]