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

Infrastructure

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)