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Using genes to unlock the secrets of Tutankhamen

Tutankhamen was an Egyptian pharaoh who ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age or nine or ten. His fame in modern times is due to the discovery of his virtually intact tomb in 1922. Since then, many questions have been asked about his life and ancestry. Listen to this audio clip to find out how genetic technology ...

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Mission to save an endangered parrot

Tasmania's Orange-bellied Parrot is one of Australia's rarest birds and is critically endangered. Watch this clip to see the work of national park scientists who are releasing captive-bred birds back into the wild. The birds are being released in remote Tasmanian environments where they will hopefully be safe from feral ...

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Dugong and whale distributions off Australia's coast: dataset

This is a map that provides a visual representation of the distribution of dugongs and several species of whales in the waters off the coast of Australia. The map shows the migration paths, breeding and resting areas of whales, as well as the density of dugong populations. A blue scale indicates the bathymetry (depth) of ...

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Mass coral spawning

Professor Peter Harrison was part of a scientific team that discovered that many coral species around the world synchronise their reproductive cycles and spawn together on the same night in a phenomenon called mass spawning. Scientists think corals use environmental cues to trigger mass spawning events. The discovery of ...

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Jungle Road, 1963: Civil administration training

This promotional clip shows scenes depicting the contribution made by the Australian civil administration in training Papua New Guineans and supporting the economic development of Papua New Guinea. In colour and accompanied by background music and a voice-over, the clip shows teachers and students at a posts-and-telegraph ...

Teacher resource

New plants from old?

This is a unit of work for teachers that uses plant breeding to explain the basics of genetics. Particular concepts covered include: the principles of dominant and recessive genes; plant breeding using these principles; the scientist Gregor Mendel, who first recognised the principles; and the intellectual property (IP) ...

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Envirostories: my life on a sheep farm

This is an ebook about sheep and wool production on an Australian sheep farm near Euchareena in New South Wales. Intended for a mid to upper primary school audience, the book was written by Alan Wykes, a sheep farmer's son who was a year 6 student at a local school in 2012. It includes information on the farm's Merino rams; ...

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ACMF: Effects of selective breeding

This resource is a web page providing information about an experiment on the growth rate of different chicken breeds carried out by students at James Ruse Agricultural High School in NSW, which shows the influence of selective breeding on chicken weight. It includes a side-by-side column graph comparing the weight of egg ...

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Pedigree Dogs

This 12 minute video segment from Catalyst demonstrates how scientific knowledge can improve the well-being of our domestic pets and change public opinion. This show exemplifies the benefits of the application of our understanding of genetics and evolution.

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Kooaaa! It's a kookaburra

This ABC In Depth feature article describes how kookaburra chicks fight for survival in the family nest in springtime.

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Gaps and opportunities for perennial crops

This is a video about the scientific breeding of perennial crops as described at a 2013 workshop, 'Perennial crops for food security', held by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). After giving the big picture regarding perennial crop research, the 16-minute video focuses on the breeding of perennial wheat and its ...

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Farmers, their animals and the environment

This is a video about the valuable genetic diversity of Asia's indigenous domesticated animals; the contribution the animals' genes make to local people's food security; and the results of the use of genetic technologies. The video identifies ever-present links between farmers, their animals and the environment by describing ...

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What have we got here: emus

This three minute snapshot video briefly looks at the iconic Australian native animal, the emu or Ngurri. The video highlights some key points related to the biology of the world’s third largest bird, including their breeding habits and a novel way to attract them. The video is one of ten in the series 'What have we got ...

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Waratah Australis Nursery (flowers) – Batlow, New South Wales

This is a video about plant breeder and nursery owner Brian Fitzpatrick and his work of breeding waratahs. It shows scenes of his activities in the Waratah Australis Nursery as he speaks of the magnificence of waratahs; the stages in the breeding process including hand-pollination and the production of 12,000 seedlings ...

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Producing cattle and sheep...and beef and lamb: producer video

This is a video about the operation of a Southdown sheep stud and olive plantation at Gum Park farm in South Australia. Introduced by farmer Dee Nolan, it shows the sheep in the olive groves, the lambing paddocks and birthing shed as she describes the farm's certified organic approach that starts from the soil up and uses ...

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Animal Health: the science of healthy animals

This study guide considers the science behind breeding, genetics, health and animal welfare in the cattle and sheep industries - keeping animals free of disease and parasites, improving biodiversity and protecting against feral animals. A range of articles and student activities explores how farmers and scientists are working ...

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Greener farming: protecting the environment

This study guide examines ways Australian cattle and sheep farmers are monitoring and researching how greenhouse gas emissions are being produced by farms and steps farmers use to reduce them. This includes selective breeding programs to produce cattle and sheep whose digestive processes emit less methane, research into ...