South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI)

LOCATION: Plant Research Centre, 2b Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae

Who We Are

SARDI, a Division of the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), is the SA Government’s principal research institute for primary industries creating opportunities to ensure the agriculture, food, aquatic and bioscience industries are internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. SARDI focusses on food safety and innovation, production systems and productivity enhancement, water utilisation and climate adaptation, product integrity, plant breeding, molecular diagnostics, market access, supplier competitiveness and biosecurity. SARDI research divisions are aquatic sciences, livestock and farming systems, and sustainable systems. SARDI has more than 300 scientific, technical and support staff and has management responsibility for 12 research centres across South Australia.

Research & Development

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable.

DSC_0033CMYKSARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.


We address the following priorities for primary industries:

  • marine and fresh-water resource management, including wild fisheries and aquaculture
  • new crop varieties and production technologies
  • biosecurity
  • food safety and innovation
  • sustainable use of resources
  • adaptation to climate variability in regional South Australia
  • innovation capability and enabling technologies
  • animal health and welfare.


Our people are highly skilled, experienced and passionate about their work.

They pursue innovative research and practical solutions for our state’s primary industries.

researcher-holding-vegetableMany SARDI scientists have produced groundbreaking research and are considered world leaders in their field.

Our research benefits from collaborations with key industries, primary producers, numerous research institutions and other organisations.

We have a comprehensive range of expertise, technical knowledge and services.


  • scientific excellence
  • progressive, economic and technologically advanced methodologies
  • a contemporary outlook to which embrace technology and flexible approaches to meet client needs
  • a collaborative spirit
  • accuracy and timeliness
  • courage and humility
  • professional and ethical standards
  • care for people and the environment.


We have an extensive network of research centres, laboratories and field sites across the state.

Our people and collaborators benefit from our modern and advanced research centres and related infrastructure and resources.

Dr Peter Appleford
Executive Director, SARDI
T. +61 8 8303 9401

Dr Kathy Ophel-Keller
Research Chief, SARDI Sustainable Systems
T. +61 8 8303 9368



Where: Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
When: 11am –12 noon (Thursday unless otherwise indicated)

Open invitation to all staff and students
10.45am morning tea (Tea and coffee supplied)

More info:

Sue Pederick
SARDI Sustainable Systems
Plant Health and Biosecurity
Waite Plant Research Centre

Full Program available here

Partner Details

  • South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI)
  • T. +61 8 8303 9400
  • F. +61 8 8303 9403
  • E.
  • A. Plant Research Centre, 2b Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae – View on google map
  • Visit Official Website


Pasta tasters wanted

The University of Adelaide and SARDI are recruiting people to evaluate consumer acceptance of pastas, some are made
with cricket flour.

OzBarley – from genome to phenome and back

A cross-NCRIS collaboration between the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) and Bioplatforms Australia (BPA) has been successful in securing investment worth $400k over two years from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) for a high-impact Cross-NCRIS data partnership project called OzBarley.

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