Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
The Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) is the NSW Department of Primary Industry’s (DPI) Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health. It is NSW’s premier quarantine and biosecurity facility with critical infrastructure and world recognised research scientists.
Built to the latest PC3 standards EMAI delivers “Disease Intelligence for Disease Control” through its world class laboratory and animal facilities, International experts and National and international linkages. It provides local, state, national and global disease advice through NSWDPI, to the commonwealth, the OIE and FAO.
With such state, national and global potential EMAI is determined to become the laboratory of choice for research and diagnostics for high impact existing and emerging diseases of plants and animals.
Research and Diagnostic Laboratories
The EMAI Research and Diagnostic Laboratories are equipped to characterise pathogens, produce comprehensive reports, give expert advice on control strategies, undertake statutory testing in support of animal trade, maintain unique reference collections and sequence databases and supply diagnostic reagents and kits.
The EMAI Diagnostic Laboratories underpin the NSW strategy with an ‘enabling capability’ making available the best possible disease information as near to ‘real time’ as possible. It maintains capacity to provide rapid diagnosis, and emergency response and carry out specific tests in support of State and National disease surveillance. “Surveillance Providing Early Warning”
Virology research & diagnostics is a front line facility for animal biosecurity, particularly during animal disease emergencies, and is routinely involved in the diagnosis and surveillance of viral diseases of animals and aquatic species, health certification and research.
Bacteriology and Parasitology undertake research into bacterial, protozoal and external parasites of farm animals, bees and aquatic species.
Plant Protection provides the Plant Health Diagnostic Service including surveillance and response to endemic and exotic plant pathogens and differentiation from closely related endemic organisms.
State Veterinary diagnostics plays a vital role in providing the best available diagnostic capabilities in production animal pathology and is part of the State response to emergency animal disease events and pest incursions.
The emerging ‘One Health’ Framework recognises the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.
EMAI comfortably sits within the One Health framework and provides an enabling capability to the activities of NSW farming and Agriculture and beyond into the national and international marketplace.
The facility is located at Menangle in South West Sydney and has work spaces available for likeminded entities considering colocation. Please contact our Institute Director.
- Animal Health
- Plant Health
- Centre for Recycled Organics in Agriculture
- Centre for Animal and Plant Biosecurity
- Marketing, QA and information services
- Education / Belgenny Farm
- Advisory services
- Facilities and resources
- Selected publications
- Partners and alliances
- Contact details and location (map)
- Laboratories upgrade