Moving Mountains - Mt Sylvia Diatomite

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mt Sylvia Diatomite has attached an article published in the most recent edition of "Town & Country" magazine, please download it to read the full article. The article focuses on the company's two main assets, its fine grained diatomaceous earth insecticide product Absorbacide, and Palagonite, which is a rock mineral dust derived from hydrothermally altered basalt.

Diatomite:A Product for our Times

Sunday, July 1, 2007

This advertorial appeared in the summer edition of The Australian Organic Journal No.68 of 2006

Diatomite:A Product for our Times

In these days of climate change-induced water shortage, declining soil quality and increased pollution caused by toxic pesticides, diatomite offers a unique, environmentally sustainable approach to combating these problems.

The Mt Sylvia Diatomite Mine, located 95 kilometres westsouthwest of Brisbane, is one of the highest quality diatomaceous earth deposits in Australia.

Diatomite to treat parasitic worms in sheep

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Charlie McCowen runs sheep at Bolivia in Northern NSW. He has been experimenting with diatomite in various forms since 2006. In the winter of 2008 Charlie started to feed his flock of test sheep a mixture of Molodri and salt. Results have been quite dramatic with a significant reduction in the requirement for drenching. You can take a look at Charlie's sheep and his website which describes his trial .

Mount Sylvia diatomite partners with Uni of S.A. in arc linkage grant

Friday, May 1, 2009

n a peer reviewed, competitive process Mount Sylvia Diatomite and the Wark Institute of the University of South Australia have been awarded a Linkage Grant by the Australian Research Council, the major body by which the Australian Government supports research in Australia. These grants are specifically designed to encourage collaboration between industry and academic research. Details below.

LP0989229 Dr D Losic; A/Prof J Addai-Mensah; A/Prof IR Neering

Approved Project Title Advanced Nanoscale Materials Engineered from Diatomaceous Earth

Mount Sylvia Diatomite gold sponsors AEPMA bed bug workshop

Thursday, May 7, 2009

We were proud to be sponsors of a workshop conducted under the auspices of the Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association which allowed professional pest controllers, government regulators and industry representatives to update their knowledge on bed bugs. The workshop was coordinated by Stephen Doggett at the Dept of Medical Entomology ICPMR, Westmead Hospital in Sydney. This meeting allowed us to present data from Stephen Doggett's trials with Absorbacide which showed how effective Absorbacide is in the control of bed bugs.

Absorbacide helps kill small hive beetle

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A recent article produced by the NSW Dept of Primary Industry describes the use of a trap at the base of bee hives which helps to control the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida). Similar traps are available commercially. When the beetle falls into the trap, it is killed by the presence of diatomaceous earth in the trap. Mount Sylvia Diatomite is the only manufacturer of insecticide grade diatomite in Australia and is available at a reasonable price compared with imported alternatives.

To read NSW, DPI article by John Rhodes,

How will you deal with the red mite without Endosulfans?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants met in Geneva on 12-16 October 2009 and agreed that the insecticide endosulfan satisfied the criteria as a persistent organic pollutant.

While the APVMA have not withdrawn its permits for the use of this insecticide it has posted the following statement on its website:

Nothing but pure, whole diatoms: first results

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Back in May this year we announced partnering up with The Ian Wark Institute of the University of South Australia following the receipt of an ARC Linkage grant which fosters collaborative projects between academia and industry. This collaboration is already producing results.

Grains Research & Development Corp to support Absorbacide study

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The GRDC has undertaken to support a project entitled ""Improved Functionality of Grain Storage Products". The research team will be led by Dr Dusan Losic at the Wark Research Institute, University of SA. Dr Losic is Mount Sylvia Diatomite's partner in an ARC funded Linkage Grant which has been responsible for the development of new diatomite based products. Also involved in the new research initiative are Dr Chris Saunders at the Univ of SA's School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Dr Patrick Collins at the QLD Dept of Primary Industries.

Mount Sylvia Diatomite/Maidenwell comparison

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Maidenwell diatomite products appear to be increasingly difficult to obtain and we have had numerous enquiries as to how the diatomite that Mount Sylvia Diatomite produces differs in chemical composition. It should be pointed out that as diatomite is a natural product, its elemental composition will vary depending upon the region mined. By clicking HERE you will see the comparative data.

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