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Scientific and Industrial Research in Australia



    THE tenth annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Commonwealth of Australia, covers the year ended June 30, 1936, and in addition to reports on the five main divisions of the Council's work, refers to co-operation in research with New Zealand and to the meetings of the Standing Committee of Agriculture appointed as an advisory body to the Australian Council of Agriculture established in 1934 (Canberra: Government Printer, 1936. 4s.). Numerous reports to this Committee were furnished by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, dealing with such subjects as codling moth pest, survey of potato virus diseases, tobacco investigations, seed testing, weed pest investigations, soil drift, grasshopper investigations, etc. The Council also acts as a liaison with the Commonwealth Government on behalf of the Standards Association of Australia, and in this capacity provided reports on standardization of wearing parts of agricultural machinery, primary products, dusting sulphur, wire-netting and other galvanized products. During the year, the activities of the Council were extended to cover investigations into the problems of Australia's secondary industries, and a special committee has been set up to define the field and make recommendations regarding problems for investigation and the staff and organization required. A new Forest Products Laboratory approached completion during the year. This Division completed a full investigation of the veneer and plywood industry in Queensland with special reference to gluing practice, which has already led to a marked improvement in the quality of the products.

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