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The C.S.I.R. Research Facilities - Part 2: Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Preservation

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The second of five films on C.S.I.R.'s research facilities, produced for the Commonwealth Scientific Conference held in London in 1946.

Produced in 1946.

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21:07:29 | Title over coat of arms
21:07:50 | Hills and pasture, maize crop, field crop and farmhouse, horticultural crop, orchards
21:08:29 | Soil survey in field, surveying, core sample taken, profile pit being dug, sample taken
21:09:06 | Exterior - Div. of Soils, Waite Institute, S.A.
21:09:17 | Interiorlab - sample ground, sieved, woman researcher carrying out mechanical analyses - filtration in glass equipment, sample shaker rotating, pipetting from soil suspension
21:09:55 | Female researchers carrying out chemical analyses, acid digestion and distillation in glass equipment
21:10:32 | Trace elements determined by spectrogram
21:10:43 | Studies of soil physics and mechanics, including spray technique for impregnating properties
21:11:12 | Engineering properties of soils studied - samples in freezer, bearing characteristics, plasticity studied
21:11:32 | Cartographer working on soil map, soil map of Mildura area
21:11:50 | Aerial - orchards and vineyards
21:11:58 | Commonwealth Research Station, Merbein, old car and dog bounding after car
21:12:07 | Interior lab - experiments being done
21:12:16 | Pumping station on River Murray, to irrigation channels in vineyards
21:12:39 | Aerial - undeveloped Mallee scrub and developed irrigation areas
21:12:48 | Tractor cultivation in research vineyard, grape harvesting, dipping boxes of grapes, checking drying rate
21:13:34 | Commercial grape dipping and drying racks
21:13:45 | Exterior - Commonwealth Irrigation Research Station - old car drives past
21:13:54 | Soil survey - sample taken using bemier(?) tube, interior lab - soil tests
21:14:17 | Soil monoliths
21:14:22 | Experimental orchard, tractor driving past
21:14:40 | Wide irrigation channel - water use measurement using Dethridge wheel
21:14:53 | Small weir
21:15:12 | Field observations on rate of absorption of soil in furrows
21:15:33 | Irrigation in orchard, ground hoses
21:16:15 | Horses pulling dray of packed boxes into shed
21:16:27 | Glasshouse
21:16:31 | Meteorological equipment, measurements read
21:16:48 | Drawers containing aerial photograph collection, researcher checking data
21:17:01 | Researcher examining trees
21:17:09 | Exterior- Div. of Plant Industries, Canberra, field station - glasshouses, horse drawn jinker in field, various buildings
21:17:38 | Seed collection records and samples being used
21:18:05 | Irrigated tomato crop - Griffith, harvesting crop, halving tomatoes in field, lab examination
21:18:30 | Maize crop in field - researcher checking plants
21:18:38 | Studies in glasshouse on potted plants
21:18:47 | Samples taken from field crop
21:18:53 | WS of crop being irrigation
21:18:59 | Native trees - researcher looks at tree
21:19:07 | Interior lab - researcher with solutions in flasks
21:19:16 | Cultivating crop, tobacco crop, tobacco leaf samples, made into cigarettes
21:19:56 | Grafting on potted tomato plant
21:20:07 | Crop being irrigation
21:20:12 | Controlled manurial studies in drums in bird cage for take-all, lab analyses of plant material
21:20:30 | Field testing of weedicides, plant root tested for electrical conductivity
21:20:56 | Beetles on weed plant flowers
21:21:01 | Exterior - Div. of Economic Entomology, Canberra - glasshouses,
21:21:14 | Reference insect collection being consulted
21:21:32 | Sealed insect holders for breeding, jars of potato moths, eggs placed in breeding cage for development
21:22:08 | Cage for release of parasites in field, special package for mailing parasites
21:22:31 | Package handed into aircraft, aircraft takes off
21:22:38 | Researcher in field of St. Johns wort, stalks and flowers of St Johns wort, field of flowering weed
21:22:53 | Lab - various insects bred for testing, plague locusts, flour weevils sieved, samples weighed, dust tests
21:23:59 | House flies bred in sealed boxes, drying and winnowing machine used to separate pupae
21:25:15 | Chamber used to test insecticides on house flies
21:25:45 | Lab testing of insecticides for crops in bell jar
21:26:00 | Insecticide testing in field - spreading dust using a power duster, spraying liquid using overhead power sprayer, specially designed top and side spray
21:26:17 | Exterior - Div. of Fisheries - Cronulla, tidal measurements taken on jetty, water samples taken at sea in Nansen bottle
21:27:08 | Lab - shelves of bottles, chlorine determinations in lab
21:27:22 | Plankton haul at sea, sample stored in jar, examined in lab under microscope
21:28:07 | Plankton collections on shelves
21:28:20 | Sorting tanks used for life history studies, fish pond, controlled temperature tanks in lab
21:28:42 | Drag net pulled in on beach, fish measured, scale taken and fish tagged and released
21:29:19 | Lab - measuring fish and removing scales for aging studies, fish entrails examined, bacteriological tests done, refrigerated cabinets
21:30:14 | Oyster cultivation, mud temperature taken with resistance thermometers, oyster culture tanks
21:30:49 | Research building, fishing boat in harbour, activities on board research vessel, hauling nets
21:31:30 | Agar collection in dinghies, preparation in lab
21:32:01 | CSIR Div. of Food Preservation name plate, Exterior labs - Homebush
21:32:18 | Worker taking fish into refrigerated chamber, iced pipes on inner walls, booster compressor used to reach very lowtemperatures, thermostatically controlled brine pumps and thermostat
21:33:06 | Woman checking stored fruit in temperature controlled room
21:33:11 | Fruit respiration tests in gas-tight glass hemispheres, fruit examined, cored
21:33:43 | Vegetable dehydration research, preparation of vegetables, dehydration and packaging
21:34:42 | Vacuum drying tests and electrical moisture meters, accurate moisture measurements and food analyses
21:35:18 | Tasting tests
21:35:26 | Compression testing
21:35:42 | Storage change observations in lab
21:35:51 | Studies on preparation of fruit juices, juicing, flash pasteurisation, pasteurisation by rotating cans, storage under carbon dioxide and low temperatures
21:36:24 | Canning and sealing fruit juice and post canning tests and analyses
21:37:03 | Canning process studies on production line, preparation, canning, sealing, retorting, seam tests for leakages and vacuum testing
21:38:59 | Weighing canned products, bacteriological sampling of canned product, turbidimeter used
21:39:46 | Egg storage checks
21:40:04 | Food produce being loaded into ships hold at Sydney Wharf
21:40:23 | The End - over coat of arms
21:40:30 | End