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Wallaga – Australian oilseed cultivar variety
WatCost – a model for economic evaluation of effluent-irrigated plantations – See Sustainable effluent-irrigated plantations: An Australian guideline, 1999 (Publication – general)
WATERpak – reference manual on irrigation management in cotton – See Cotton and water (Overview – Research) and FIBREpak introduction (Cotton Catchment Communities)
WaterPEN – software that assesses performance of window frames in preventing the ingress of water
Water Quality Calculator – a web tool that calculates the salinity (EC), Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR) and pH when water sources are mixed together to provide irrigation water
WaterSense – water scheduling software tool for sugarcane growers
WatLoad 1 and 2 – models to help authorities, who are developing plantations for the reuse of sewage effluent, to determine the minimum area which needs to be planted – See Sustainable effluent-irrigated plantations: An Australian guideline, 1999 (Publication – general)
WatSked – model that helps plantation managers schedule irrigation to achieve maximum effluent reuse while keeping deep drainage within acceptable limits – See Sustainable effluent-irrigated plantations: An Australian guideline, 1999 (Publication – general)
Wattle Grow – a granular inoculant which helps wattles establish up to 5 times faster; commercialised by Bio-Care Technology – See Bacteria aids dryland salinity fight, 2004 (Media Release)
Waves – an efficient numerical solution of differential equations for coupled water and solute dynamics – See Water balance modeling: concepts and applications (CSIRO Land and Water)
Weaner Proftril – slow release wormer product
WebFlix – software, revolutionary editing system for the film, video and multi-media industries, develped by CSIRO spin-off company MediaWare Solutions – See CSIRO spinoff firm in world market drive, 1997 (Media Release)
webGF-Mill™ – web-based simulation tool for evaluating ball, AG and SAG Mills – See also Smart maths for greener mill design, 2003 (Media Release)
Web Grouputer – software devised by Grouputer Corp. and adapted for the Internet by CSIRO, it helps project teams to work or learn in teams from their homes on the World Wide Web
WEEDpak – part of a comprehensive information manual on cotton nutrition and advice on fertiliser management – See FIBREpak introduction (Cotton Catchment Communities)
WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme) and Calculator – helps determine the best windows for your climate – See also The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook – How to save energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint (Publication – General)
Wetup – software that displays approximate wetting patterns from drippers
WheatRite – tool that tests the level of weather damage in wheat before harvest or during delivery
Whey growth factor extract (WGFE) – a concentrated extract of cellular growth factors, obtained from Cheddar cheese whey; shows remarkable cell repair and growth stimulation effects, and has application in the specialist food, medical, veterinary and biotechnology sectors – See Dairy products for improved human health
White Gold – mungbean germplasm varietal line; commercialised by the Australian Mungbean Association
Whopper Cropper – software for cropping systems modeling and seasonal climate forecasting in the highly variable climate of north-eastern Australia
WINCMSS – a model that uses land use and nutrient generation data to predict nutrient load (or load of any other pollutant) reaching the waterway of a catchment
WindScape – mapping tool for use in data-sparse regions – See Windlab Systems Pty Ltd: securing global wind assets (Solution)
WINE – software comprising detailed maps of South Eastern Australia giving information on which areas would be suitable for growing grapes for wine – See Grapes and wine overview (Overview)
WinView – software that displays and interprets lithological and stratigraphic outcomes from natural gamma, gamma-gamma and neutron-gamma spectroscopic borehole tools
WIS (Wearable Instrument Shirt) – works by recognising and interpreting arm movements and relaying this wirelessly to a computer for audio generation; there are no trailing cables to get in the way or trip over monitors; also used in the development and training of elite athletes – See also Every wanna-be rocker’s fantasy comes true, 2006 (Media Release) and Science to move ‘in the groove’ (Profile – Project)
Wood Futures – spreadsheet model to assist plantation development by providing broad indications of future wood product flows and their value
Woody Weeder – stem injection instrument that delivers Glyphosate
Wool Processing Lubricants – new range of wool lubricants developed in 1980s and 1990s; reduce damage during carding and reduce breakage and waste in worsted processing; marketed by Henkel, they now account for approximately 80% of the world market
Woolrich quilt – opened bedding and related product markets to wool; relicensed for more general application for filling materials
Woolwise a resource for educators, researchers, consultants, students and other stakeholders in the wool industry. It was established using funds provided by the Wool CRC (Co-operative Research Centre for Premium Quality Wool) and the former AWTA Ltd Wool Education Trust [external links]
WormWorld – models the epidemiology of nematodes to control worm parasites – See Leading-edge farm research at Yalanbee, 1999 (Media Release)
WRML – Water Resources Mark-up Language – See ‘A common language for water’ – Building a Water Resources Observation Network In Australia (Ecos, 129: 16)
WRON (Water Resources Observation Network) – web-based reporting tools that can be delivered to suit individual needs of various end users. Raw data, forecasts and predictions processed by sophisticated computer models can be employed to support and justify informed management decisions – See ‘Using technology to our advantage’ – Building a Water Resources Observation Network In Australia (Ecos, 129: 15)
WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) – technology being deployed to help monitor Australia’s scarce water resources – See Landmark achievement for CSIRO wireless sensor network, 2006 (Media Release)


Wool carbonising in the presence of detergents – cationic, anionic and low molecular weight non-ionic detergents were effective in protecting wool from acid damage during carbonising; adopted by the Laconia blanket factory enabling them to process wool of high burr content at heavily discounted prices without lessening the quality of the finished product
Wool recovery from sheepskin pieces by aerobic bacterial digestion – See Enzyme technology and fellmongering


Walk Through Weigh In – a walk-through weighing system for automated sheep management and monitoring – See Revolutionary sheep weigher on trial, 2004 (Media Release)
Wane Detection System – automated trimming using machine vision; machine vision is also used extensively to scan timber boards for features and then this information is used to control saws to cut the timber in specific positions to increase the recovery of good timber while cutting out unwanted defects and wane
WASP (Wireless Ad hoc System for Positioning and sensing) – uses radio frequency tracking to overcome the limitations of conventional GPS which is usually not available at all within buildings and underground; developed to work with severe multipath interference and to operate in indoor environments with propagation through multiple walls – See Position Location Project (CSIRO ICT Centre)
Weight Management Mentor – electronic monitoring system supporting consumers on pharmacy-based weight management programs; developed with Verdant Health Pty Ltd – See Mobile phone mentor for weight management (CSIRO ICT Centre)
WindLoader – expert system to measure wind loads on buildings
Wireless LANs and WiFi
Wool Sale-by-Sample – based on objective measurement of properties such as yield and fibre diameter (in the 1970s) and fibre length and strength, etc. (in the 1980s); replaced traditional subjective assessment resulting in better informed decisions on price and suitability for end use, and significant cost savings for the wool industry – See Objective measurement of wool
WUEI (Water Use Efficiency Indicator) – enables farmers in Australia and China to assess both agricultural performance and land depletion, and monitor the results of changes of management – See China, Australia To Fight Environmental Decline, 1997 (Media Release)