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Thistle Busters (The Researchers - series 5)

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Researcher David Briese travels to France and Greece in search of an insect which will decimate the Scotch thistles plaguing farmers in south eastern Australia.

Produced in 1991.

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00:16:00 | Interview Dr. David Briese, parcel carried into quarantine lab
00:16:15 | Researchers logo
00:16:25 | Fields of flowering scotch thistles around farm buildings
00:16:35 | Graphics - map of SE Australia and Tasmania showing spread of scotch thistles
00:16:41 | Dr. David Briese in scotch thistle field, examines plants
00:16:58 | Sheep move near thistles, hay next to scotch thistle field, thistles near house
00:17:11 | Dr. David Briese in field
00:17:30 | Interview Dr. David Briese in office
00:17:35 | Montpellier, France, traffic and office blocks
00:17:45 | Graphics - map of Europe with scotch thistle distribution
00:17:52 | Various shots southern France, with scotch thistles, CU scotch thistle flower
00:18:16 | Bags put over flowering thistle heads in field, heads harvested
00:18:41 | Interior Montpellier lab, researchers studying insects found inside bags
00:19:01 | CU - Larinus cynarae - a seed weevil, held and on scotch thistle flower
00:19:09 | Dr. David Briese in greenhouse with weevil on scotch thistle head
00:19:21 | CU - Larinus cynarae on plant
00:19:45 | Dr. David Briese in greenhouse collecting weevils
00:19:52 | Interview - Dr. David Briese
00:19:58 | Olive grove
00:20:05 | Dr. David Briese examining scotch thistle plant in open field
00:20:11 | CU - Larinus latus
00:20:17 | Larinus latus on scotch thistle in greenhouse, Dr. David Briese and researcher examining Larinus latus
00:20:29 | CU - Larinus latus, Dr. David Briese in office
00:20:42 | Parcel carried into quarantine lab
00:20:49 | Canberra quarantine centre researcher working with Larinus latus, testing on native and imported plants
00:21:08 | Research team in NSW countryside working with nodding thistle
00:21:24 | Dr. David Briese in field of scotch thistle, in greenhouse, CU Larinus latus, Dr. David Briese in office
00:21:56 | CSIRO logo
00:22:02 | End