The NSW DPI Central Coast Primary Industries Centre is co-located at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus and is the NSW DPI’s Centre of Excellence for Horticulture Market Access. The research facility was opened in 2012 and is equipped with world-class modern research facilities and staff.
The Centre has modern postharvest laboratories in quality assessment, pathology, food safety and market access. State of the art measures of product quality and senescence include quantification of ethylene and respiration rates, product firmness, aroma development (off-flavours) and nutritional quality (e.g. vitamin C, carotenoids and antioxidant capacity (FRAP, DPPH)). The NSW DPI postharvest laboratory also works with the University of Newcastle to train postgraduate students in postharvest science. The Centre of Excellence for Market Access team has significant expertise and experience in applied supply chain development and is at the forefront of applying these for commercial outcomes for industry.
The main funding agencies are Horticulture Innovation and ACIAR.
Research facilities at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Centre of Excellence for Horticulture Market Access: