Agribusiness is a challenging sector. It faces difficult climatic conditions, such as variable rainfall and drought.

Much of South Australia’s agribusiness success over the past decade is due to our scientific advances in:

  • farming systems
  • genetics
  • water use
  • pest and disease management.

Scientific expertise

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) has led innovative research and development for more than 20 years.

South Australia’s focus on innovation and sustainability has helped us stay at the forefront of food technology and product development.


SARDI collaborates with the state’s three major universities, government agencies and cooperative research centres.

The University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus is Australia’s leading research, education and commercialisation precinct for agricultural science.

It has the largest concentration of expertise in the southern hemisphere for:

  • plant biotechnology
  • cereal breeding
  • sustainable agriculture
  • crop and pasture breeding and transformation
  • wine and horticulture
  • plant and soil health
  • land management.

SARDI also collaborates with:

  • The Southern Pork Alliance and The University of Adelaide – aims to ensure the future of more sustainable, humane and profitable Australian pork.
  • Uncle Tobys Company – developed the SARDI-bred oat variety Mitika with high levels of water-soluable dietry fibre. New varieties have seen increased hulling yield and reduced waste.
  • Australian Grape and Wine Authority – examines challenges for South Australian wine growers in possible warmer and drier futures. This foresight helps the wine industry develop new technologies to ensure prosperity of our iconic wines.
  • The Department of Environment and Water (DEW) and Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre – aims to improve the resilience of agriculture while increasing productivity and sustainability.


Rural Solutions SA provides expert consulting services to clients in local, regional and international markets.

The experienced team help producers adopt innovative practices that focus on efficient resource use.

Water research

South Australia is well-known for the quality of its scientific research used in water planning and policy.

South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide is home to innovative research and training initiatives such as:

  • Goyder Institute for Water Research.
  • International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management.
  • SA Water Centre for Water Management and Reuse.
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.
Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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