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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Pest animals

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on pest animals currently affecting the Australian and New Zealand environments. It is organised into three categories - environmental pests, economic pests and human nuisance pests. Images and videos depict some common pest animals as well as some more localised ...

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Henry Lane Ace rabbit trap, 1935-60

This is a rusted Ace rabbit trap manufactured from steel by Henry Lane, Newcastle, sometime between 1935 and 1960. It consists of a pair of jaws (92 mm wide) held closed by spring tension and a triggering mechanism. The base, the stock bar, is a bar of steel bent over to form a powerful bow spring. At the end of the spring ...

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'Australian Rabbiter, NSW', 1880-1900

This full plate glass negative was taken by Henry King at an unknown location at some stage between 1880 and 1900. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts a man in a cart on a dirt track with his dog under the cart. Across the back of the cart hang rabbit carcasses. The man in the cart seems ...

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Life stages of the European wasp

This is an information sheet about the egg, larval, pupal and adult stages of the European wasp, 'Vespula germanica'. It also describes what happens to the wasp population over the course of the year.

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European wasps as pests in Australia

This is an information sheet that describes why European wasps are pests in Australia, the health effects their stings can have, and the recommended first aid for stings.

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Wood borers

This is an information sheet on the various types of wood borers. Borers are grouped as 'good borers', which cause limited damage, and 'bad borers', which can cause major structural damage. The sheet describes the beetles, their biology and the type of damage they cause, and provides images.

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European wasps in Australia

This website explores the problematic history of the European wasp in Australia.

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Animal recognition system

We have all heard of human face recognition systems, but have you heard of animal recognition technology? Watch this clip to discover how an 'animal recognition gate' is being used to separate the sheep from the goats. Find out how this innovative application of a popular technology might help farmers manage pest animals ...

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Growing apples

Do you like eating apples? This clip shows where apples are grown. Learn how the apple farmer (orchardist) looks after the apple trees so they can grow lots of healthy fruit.

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Books that changed the world: 'Silent Spring'

Have you ever thought that a book could be so powerful that it could change the world? Discover how the biologist Rachel Carson's book 'Silent Spring' led to the banning of toxic agricultural chemicals and launched the modern environment movement.

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Representing Australia's farmers

What image comes to mind when you think of Australia's (Australian) famers? The media often shows farmers facing drought, floods and even locust plagues. Such media reports often portray farmers as 'Aussie Battlers' who are struggling in a challenging environment. As you watch, consider how farmers are represented in this report.

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Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health

Why is the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment a useful example for an exploration of river management issues? The needs of agriculture, horticulture and fishing are balanced with the maintenance of river health. In this clip, see how farmers and local landcare groups work with the catchment management authority to remove ...

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Lorry loaded with dead rabbits, c1918

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 15.1 cm x 20.4 cm, showing a lorry loaded with 1,760 pairs of dead rabbits being driven from a depot to the nearest railway station. It was taken in about 1918 in New South Wales. The photograph is attributed to the Country Freezing Company Limited. Printed in white at the ...

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Rabbit fumigator, Orange, 1966

This is a black-and-white photograph taken at the Australian National Field Days show in Orange, New South Wales, in October 1966. A demonstration is being given of a 'Deckson' rabbit fumigator. Exhaust fumes from the machine are being fed into a simulated rabbit warren at one entrance and emerging as smoke at another. ...

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Rabbit fence cartoon, 1884

This black-and-white cartoon satirises Queensland parliamentarian John Stevenson's suggestion that a fence be built on the New South Wales border to stop an expected invasion of rabbits. It depicts a low wire fence that four rabbits are using as a tennis net. Other rabbits leap over the fence and hop in the background. ...

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The power of food

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about food security. It includes sections on countries and their levels of food security and insecurity, hunger worldwide, programs working to improve food security, and approaches to food security. It introduces this important global issue and provides source material, ...

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BBSRC: war report - fighting armyworms

This is a video accompanied by detailed text and still images showing the impact of armyworms on the cereal crops of sub-Saharan Africa and the efforts of Professor Kenneth Wilson to develop a safe, environmentally friendly biopesticide. The video illustrates the threat to food security posed by armyworms and shows Professor ...

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BBSRC: pest management - comparing conventional and organic farming

This is YouTube video reports on the outcomes of a scientific study comparing biodiversity at 20 conventional and 20 organic farms and the relative capacity of species' network structures on the farms to control an introduced pest. Professor Jane Memmott explains the parameters and scale of the study; the mapping of existing ...

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How to grow a pair of jeans

This is a slideshow for primary students that traces the steps in cotton production and processing from seeds to jeans. The ten slides in the show use photographs and relatively simple text to cover ground preparation for the cotton crop; seed planting; irrigation and the efficient use of water by Australian cotton farmers; ...