With more than one hundred years of continuous scientific research and as the State's largest provider of public sector research, the Science and Research Division of NSW DPI is well-placed to provide cutting-edge research to ensure the continued production of safe and healthy food, sustain a livelihood for NSW's primary producers and the communities they support, improve environmental outcomes, and, assist primary producers manage the challenges ahead.
Find out about the likely impacts of climate change on agriculture.
Primary industries are a major user of the developed water resources in NSW, and manage 76% of the land.
Primary Industries Science & Research investment is focused on key centres, which are strategically located across NSW and linked with the industries and communities that co-invest in their R&D.
NSW DPI undertakes projects aimed at increasing the profitability, sustainability and adaptability of the agricultural sector.
Partnerships and alliances
Our scientists develop linkages with stakeholders to identify and prioritise areas of research and develop partnerships with other research providers, e.g. universities, other government departments, the CSIRO and funding agencies.
NSW DPI scientists have been ranked in the top 1% of world research institutions in agricultural science, and plant and animal science. Their agricultural research is focussed in the following areas:
|Science and Research Branch||Research focus, projects and scientists|
|Productivity and Food Security|
|Climate and Water Research|
|Research Operations||Diagnostic and analytical services
|Science Strategy and Planning||
Examines investment and options to achieve sound management of the primary industries' R&D potfolio
Latest agricultural science news
- 28 May 2009Skip the dipThey've cracked it, after many years – a reliable new sheep lice test that gets around dipping.
- 28 May 2009Tastier value-for-money lambDifferences between lambs in tenderness and predicted meat yield are apparently attributable to their genes, not just their environment.
- 28 May 2009Breeding plain-bodied fine wools - no problemFine wool producers are now seeking to breed “easy care” plainer-bodied animals which would be less susceptible to flystrike.
- 28 May 2009Berseem cultivarsScreening of the Australian collection of a valuable forage legume, berseem clover, to identify and understand the range of genetic diversity within the collection is on track as an important first step in developing new cultivars.
- 11 May 2009Edible oils researcher recipient of 2009 Farrer Memorial MedalFarrer Memorial Trust Chairman, Dr Richard Sheldrake, today announced well known oils researcher Dr Rodney Mailer as the winner of the 2009 Farrer Memorial Medal.
- 07 May 2009Shining a light on pasture croppingNew research results from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) trials which put pasture cropping under the spotlight are now available to farmers.
- 30 Apr 2009NSW DPI staff top journal boardA record number of NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) staff have been appointed to the editorial board of an internationally respected scientific journal, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said today.