Our facilities and services

Research Services

Protected cropping and intensive horticulture

  • Greenhouse and hydroponic research trials to optimise yield and quality of produce (berries and vegetables)
  • Improving the management of plant nutrition in fertigated and hydroponic crops
  • Improving the pollination of covered crops

Market access and postharvest

  • Developing postharvest treatment protocols for export market access
  • Fresh produce supply chain solutions for domestic and export markets
  • Developing novel postharvest treatments and technologies for fresh produce
  • Semi-commercial and commercial trials on new technologies
  • Develop and deliver industry-targeted industry best practice guidelines
  • Produce quality assessments
  • Physiological studies on the storage and shelf-life potential of fresh produce
  • Controlled/modified atmosphere and hypobaric storage research
  • Sensory and consumer research on horticultural products
  • Fruit fly rearing and infestation facilities
  • Postharvest disinfestation research (cold treatment, chemical fumigation, irradiation, low-pressure (hypobaric) and combination (hybrid) treatments)

Fresh produce food safety research

  • Translational research to mitigate food safety risks to consumers and industries
  • Emerging technologies (e.g. cold plasma) for postharvest sanitisation of fresh produce
  • Research investigations into the sources and routes of microbial contamination
  • Laboratory and field research to develop best practice guides for horticultural food safety
  • Food safety monitoring and surveillance to identify and fill the gaps in industry practices
  • Molecular detection of foodborne pathogens (e.g. Salmonella species and Listeria monocytogenes) in fresh produce and environmental samples
  • Food safety risk assessments and forecasting for the horticulture sector
  • Pilot trials on the adoption of blockchain based traceability solutions
  • Semi-commercial and commercial trials on new technologies and practices
  • Develop and deliver industry-targeted food safety capacity building programs

Plant biosecurity

  • Area wide management of crop pests (e.g. Queensland fruit fly) and diseases
  • Monitoring and surveillance for crop pests and diseases
  • Molecular tools for the detection for plant pathogens and pests
  • Integrated pest and disease management research
  • Rapid response to the incursions by new pests and diseases

Field research (Somersby field station)

  • Soil and orchard management
  • Vegetable field trials
  • Tea husbandry
  • Chemical fumigation research facility

Our research laboratories comply with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and are certified by BSI under certificate number FS 603588.

Aerial view of Ourimbah research stationGreen house researchEntry sign to Ourimbah research centre


CCPIC has state-of-the-art research facilities which are operated and managed by the technical and research staff of NSW DPI.

  • The greenhouse complex has 15 individually controlled greenhouse structures covering a total area of 700 m2. The greenhouses are equipped with a fully integrated fertigation and environmental control system
  • Hydroponic channel growing capacity is > 300 linear meters for nutrient film technique experimental trials
  • 18 Controlled environment rooms (CER) for postharvest, market access and food safety research
  • Specialist postharvest fumigation chambers and CERs
  • Fruit fly rearing and infestation laboratory
  • Food safety laboratory (PC2 certified)
  • Plant pathology laboratory
  • Entomology laboratory
  • Postharvest laboratory
  • Somersby field station (78 ha)