Albany Office

Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 - 9:04am

Opened in 1996, DPIRD’s Albany facilities cover four hectares of land and were purpose built for R&D specialising in sheep and cattle health, pasture science, aquatic science, soil health, crop agronomy and pathology, and broadacre entomology. The Albany site houses the Barbervax vaccine laboratory, a commercial operation manufacturing the vaccine used to control Barber’s pole worm, a serious sheep gut nematode in Australia and internationally.

Research

  • Soil amelioration to increase water holding capacity and plant nutrient availability
  • Examination of insect and disease lifecycles to develop control strategies
  • Automated and in-field monitoring of pest and disease activity to map biosecurity threats
  • Management of feral pests including rabbits and starlings and invasive weeds
  • Crop and pasture agronomy
  • Livestock health and wellbeing and development of biosecurity frameworks
  • Monitoring and assessing land and water resources
  • Catchment nutrient mapping to reduce eutrophication of water bodies
  • Productive management strategies for salt land
  • Production of functional foods and nutraceuticals from low-grade fruit and vegetables (value-adding)
  • Development of future food systems based on whole crop utilisation, traceability and provenance of food and wine and assessment of new fruit and vegetable crops
  • Coordination of emissions reduction strategies and sequestration opportunities for WA agricultural industries
  • Research, monitoring and assessment of major fish stocks and marine ecosystems.

Facilities

  • Capacity for crop, livestock, invasive species, horticulture, and fisheries R&D
  • Animal health laboratories (PC2 level) – bacteriology, parasitology, fish research, post-mortem lab, biochemistry lab, specimen lab, cool room, media preparation lab
  • General laboratories – entomology, herbarium, horticulture, microbiology, analytical labs, vaccine lab, water analysis lab
  • Dirty labs – seed cleaning, pasture lab, soils lab, cool rooms
  • Agronomic trial processing facilities, glasshouses and screenhouses
  • Large electric drying ovens
  • Machinery sheds, workshop, seed and fertiliser store, and chemical stores
  • Conference rooms with seating for up to 100 people.

Co-locators

Forest Products Commission (FPC), South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), and RSPCA.

Contact

For more information on the facilities and R&D opportunities available at DPIRD Albany please contact:

P: +61 1300 374 731 (1300 DPIRD1) or +61 (0)8 9892 8444
E: enquiries@dpird.wa.gov.au