Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
First opened in 1990, EMAI plays a vital role in the protection of Australia’s economy, community and environment from animal and plant pests and diseases.
The Institute’s facilities underwent a major refurbishment in 2012 and new buildings were constructed as part of a $57 million program of work. These now offer joint venture opportunities for primary industries research in plant and animal biosecurity, including:
- new high level containment facilities with the capacity to conduct research to prepare and manage a large scale outbreak of emergency animal or plant diseases
- existing animal and plant health facilities upgraded to world standards
- nursery facilities, insectaries and field sites for a range of research activities.
Many EMAI scientists are world leaders in their fields, with specialist teams dedicated to:
- researching better diagnosis, surveillance and prevention methodologies for emerging and exotic endemic animal and plant pests and diseases
- developing tests, vaccines and probiotics to control endemic animal diseases
- developing integrated pest and disease management strategies to control endemic plant pests
- minimising waste of natural resources
- improving Australia’s agricultural competitiveness
EMAI continues to help Australia to achieve and maintain the disease-free status that gains substantial advantages for our livestock and plant products in international markets.
Laboratories monitor the disease status of the State’s primary industries and provide certification for freedom from specific diseases.
All diagnostic laboratories are accredited under ISO 17025 and all research laboratories are certified under ISO 9001.
EMAI is located on part of the original land granted to agricultural pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1805.
Facts and figures
Total staff: 180Outputs
Publications for 2011: 46
Land Area: 1600ha
Postgraduate students: 7
Diagnostic laboratories accredited to ISO 17025 : 3
Research laboratories certified to ISO 9001: 8
Last updated February 2013
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