The story of the European rabbit in Australia must surely be one of the most amazing examples of an animal’s ability to colonise a new land. Just how and why this happened makes a fascinating study. This film traces the history of the rabbit from its evolutionary home in the Mediterranean through to its introduction […]
Dr Jon Ables, an astronomer with the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics, takes us on a tour of the 64 metre radio telescope near Parkes, New South Wales.
SIROTEM embodies Australian solutions to the shortcomings of overseas electronic devices trying to detect minerals hidden beneath our difficult types of soil. SIROTEM foreshadows the development of other exploration tools from this revolutionary Australian technology.
Heat, disease and parasites prevent European breeds of dairy cattle from realising their full potential for milk production in tropical areas. Cattle native to these regions are hardy and adapted to the conditions but are poor milk producers. Since 1954 CSIRO has been engaged in breeding a dairy animal in which the best characteristics of […]
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 […]