Fields of Discovery: Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth by Brad Collis

By Brad Collis

On the innovative of overseas study and improvement, the Commonwealth medical and commercial learn business enterprise has been on the leading edge of a few of the main outstanding technological and clinical advances on the planet through the moment half the twentieth century. Basedon enormous quantities of interviews and meticulous learn, this booklet tells the numerous tales of achievements and successes of the CSIRO and the folks who contributed to them. Brad Collis follows their triumphs and frustrations, commencing an extraordinary window into the laboratories of knowledge-making and problem-solving, and the fruitful tussle among rules, personalities and politics. From the advance of complicated agricultural structures to technology underpinning the safety of flora and fauna and the surroundings, to new metallurgy tactics, the invention of galaxies, the advance of the lifesaving anti-influenza drug or even the production of the long-lasting Aerogard insect repellent, "Fields of Discovery" celebrates the inspiring and infrequently dramatic trip of 1 of the world's so much enduring medical our bodies. The ebook is for everybody with a fascination for "hows" and "whys" and, chiefly, for the folk who created a learn association that has itself turn into an Australian icon.

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Its two names sum up the conflicting attitudes towards this attractive plant whose flowers often create swathes of purple across the southern landscape. The flowers are a valuable source of pollen and nectar for the honey industry, and can also be a valuable fodder plant for sheep over the dry summer—hence the name Salvation Jane. 10 When the CSIRO was asked to find a control agent, it was the graziers’ case which held the political high ground. Controlling Paterson’s curse with herbicides had proved difficult and expensive.

Ok 15/2/02 11:43 Page 27 U75644 POS RRED 175# (WL) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 OK TITLE:AUS0046 - Fields Of Discovery Trim Size:230 x 152MM alien invaders | 27 before it dies and these can survive for up to ten years in soil. Biological control was considered the only long-term option. Unlike skeleton weed, Paterson’s curse originates in the western Mediterranean so searches for biological control agents were mainly made in southern France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Quite a number of insects were found attacking the weed and two root-feeding weevils, Mogulones larvatus and M.

Ok 17/2/02 15:54 Page 29 U75644 POS RRED 175# (WL) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 OK TITLE:AUS0046 - Fields Of Discovery Trim Size:230 x 152MM alien invaders | 29 The CSIRO’s international reputation for biological control dated back to the 1930s when the CSIR used larvae from the north Argentinean moth Cactoblastus cactorum to eradicate prickly pear, which had overrun millions of acres of farmland in southern Queensland and northern NSW. plant in its natural environment. The educated guess was that it came from South America where a closely related species existed.

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