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2009-02-24 15:55:27

In a paper published today in the prestigious journal Science, scientists from CSIRO Plant Industry, the University of Zurich and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center have identified a wheat gene sequence which provides protection against leaf rust, stripe rust and powdery mildew. "Genetic disease resistance is highly desirable in plants as it is more environmentally friendly and profitable than strategies like spraying pesticides," says a senior principal research scientist...

2008-12-15 10:09:03

 Australian scientists at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), have developed a new system to screen for compounds that can inhibit one of the processes that takes place during the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In a paper published in the November issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, folate is shown to be beneficial in the screening system.Lead author, CSIRO's Dr Ian Macreadie says folate is already well known to have a protective effect...

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2008-12-08 11:05:26

CSIRO scientists have developed a new system to screen for compounds that can inhibit one of the processes that takes place during the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In a paper published in the latest edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, folate is shown to be beneficial in the screening system. Lead author, CSIRO's Dr Ian Macreadie says folate is already well known to have a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease which is believed to be caused by the loss of neurons in...

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2008-12-08 10:25:00

Intensifying winds in the Southern Ocean have had little influence on the strength of the Southern Ocean circulation and therefore its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Geoscience. The Southern Ocean slows the rate of greenhouse warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the ocean. But previous studies raised the alarm by suggesting the Southern Ocean carbon sink is now 'saturated"˜...

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2008-10-17 10:10:00

When NASA eventually send a manned mission to Mars, the whole world will be able to watch "Ëœlive' television coverage of the event courtesy of CSIRO know-how. The US space agency NASA has announced that CSIRO research scientist, Dr John Bunton, is to receive a NASA Space Act Board Award for research into the development of a novel "Ëœbeamformer' capable of providing a live video link from Mars. A senior member of the CSIRO ICT Centre Wireless Technology laboratory,...

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2008-10-08 14:50:00

Australian scientists reported Wednesday hundreds of new marine species as well as previously uncharted undersea mountains and canyons have been discovered in the depths of the Southern Ocean. The researchers recorded a total of 274 species of fish, ancient corals, mollusks, crustaceans and sponges new to science which were found in icy waters up to 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) deep among extinct volcanoes. The government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)...

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2008-09-18 13:57:59

In an attempt to help conservation of marine animals and aid in climate change monitoring, scientists using DNA have catalogued and described 100 new species of sharks and rays in Australian waters. More than 90 of the newly named species were identified by scientists in a 1994 book "Sharks and Rays of Australia" but remained scientifically undescribed. One rare species of carpet shark catalogued was found in the belly of another shark. A revised 2009 edition of the book by Australia's peak...

2008-08-13 18:00:35

By Luntz, Stephen CSIRO and the Grains Research and Development Corporation's joint Crop Biofactories Initiative has taken a step towards replacing petroleum-derived products with plant oils while avoiding the problems associated with biofuels. They have expressed significant quantities of vernolic acid, an unusual fatty acid (UFA), in the model plant Arabidopsis and hope to transfer their work to produce a range of other UFAs in safflower seeds, which are rich in oil. Dr Allan Green of...

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2008-08-13 10:45:00

CSIRO is investigating ways of controlling a devastating new wheat disease strain which could lead to a global wheat production and food supply crisis. Cornell University in the United States, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Development Program, has subcontracted CSIRO to undertake the research as part of the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project to tackle Ug99 "“ a strain of the fungus, wheat stem rust. World leaders in rust research "“ Dr...

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2008-08-03 10:38:26

Just weeks out from the Olympics, the CSIRO and its Chinese partners have officially launched a post-combustion capture (PCC) pilot plant in Beijing that strips carbon dioxide from power station flue gases in an effort to stem climate change. The project represents another first for the CSIRO PCC program - the first capture of carbon dioxide in China using a PCC pilot plant. It begins the process of applying the technology to Chinese conditions and evaluating its effectiveness. PCC is a...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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