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
- 17 Dec 2013Global research links people and pestsAdaptive management is offering a new approach to pest management by taking the human dimension into the equation as researchers focus on rascally rabbits and rodents in Australia, North America and Asia.
- 16 Dec 2013Lupin gain - graze earlyFarmers who are taking advantage of lupin stubble to graze sheep and cattle have been advised to graze early to reduce the risk of lupinosis, a disease which can cause production losses and stock deaths.
- 13 Dec 2013Low methane sheep research to benefit Australian producersDepartment of Primary Industries’ (DPI) researchers based at Armidale are working to discover new tools to breed more efficient low methane emitting sheep.
- 11 Dec 2013National Wine and Grape Industry Centre teams up with leading wineriesA network of commercial vineyards in Griffith, Orange and Tumbarumba have partnered with the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre as part of a major research program to compare cool and warm climate wines.
- 10 Dec 2013Kasbah's heat switch pumps pastureFarmers facing hot, dry summers could find a saviour in a drought-resistant perennial grass, Kasbah cocksfoot, according to positive research results from NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
- 02 Dec 2013Wild dogs on screenTelevision viewers across Australia will be able to see how graziers and researchers are working to deal with wild dogs this Sunday December 8 at 7.30pm when the ABC screens a new documentary, Dingo: Wild dog at war
- 28 Nov 2013DPI trials superior tea tree cuttings for improved oil yieldsTwo field trials of superior tea tree cuttings established by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on north coast plantations are expected to show significantly increased oil yields and lead to improved grower profitability.