The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is the largest provider of science and research services within the NSW Government. The Department undertakes strategic science which underpins the growth, sustainability and biosecurity of primary industries in NSW.
The Department's scientists have been ranked in the top 1% of world research institutions in agricultural science, and plant and animal science.
Research services include forest health and biosecurity, ecology and sustainability, forest resource assessment, carbon in forests and harvested wood products.
The NSW Food Authority is an evidence-led organisation, striving to ensure that all decisions are based on sound evidence and science.
Knowledge of surface water and groundwater ecology enables NSW Office of Water to more effectively share water between the environment and other water users.
Find out about the impacts of climate change on primary industries, current DPI projects, and future research priorities.
Primary industries are a major user of the developed water resources in NSW, and manage 76% of the land.
Biochar promises to provide an immediate solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, benefits the soil, and uses waste materials.
This technical paper outlines the opportunities and the knowledge gaps for carbon sequestration in soil for agriculture.
The biennial report detailing the status of fisheries resources in NSW has been released (Feb 2011). Detailed information on 108 species.
Soil carbon in the Monaro region
NSW DPI Soils Unit have released a book on soil carbon and results from an Action on the Ground project in the Monaro region of southern NSW. The book was commissioned by a large regional landholder group, Monaro Farming Systems.
Predictive model of the distribution of Koalas
DPI developed a habitat model for the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in north-east NSW to predict where areas of differing habitat quality are likely to occur. The focus was to help guide decisions on timber harvesting in forests by identifying likely koala habitat.