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We've built facilities that draw scientists and students from across the world to work and study in an environment where excellence is central. In a world experiencing unprecedented change, effective insights will come from studying the these impacts in real-world settings.


EucFACE is designed to predict the effects of rapidly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on Australia's unique native forests. This innovative experiment aims to predict decades in advance the effects of exposure to rising CO2 levels on native forests, animals, soils and grasses.

EucFACE is a massive experiment that exposes large areas of native Cumberland Plain forest to elevated CO2 at around 550ppm which is what we expect to reach by 2050. In 2015, the level of CO2 in the air is around 400ppm.
Tree Chambers

The twelve Whole Tree Chambers provide fully enclosed, controlled environments for trees up to nine metres tall. In these chambers, researchers can manipulate the environment around a tree including air temperature, soil moisture, irrigation, CO2 levels and humidity to predict the integrated effects of altered climates on tree physiology.

Rainout shelter

Large rainout shelters enable us to exclude natural rainfall on tree stocks up to ten metres in height, to impose drought or altered rainfall conditions in either pot-grown or in-field plantings

Hawkesbury Forrest

A continuing rise in the atmospheric CO2 concentration is inevitable, and its impact on Australia's forest and woodland ecosystems must be considered in our environmental management and water catchment strategies.

Dri Grass

DRI-GRASS (Drought and Root Herbivore Impacts on GRASSlands) investigates the effects of drought and variable rainfall in a grassland ecosystem in terms of carbon and nutrient cycling, biodiversity and root herbivory.

Warming MLA 150

Within the PAstures and Climate Extreme (PACE) research program, researchers will be testing combinations of plant species, rainfall additions or exclusions (drought), warming from infra-red heat lamps and the performance of pasture systems under future predicted climate scenarios.

Cumberland Plains Observatory

The Observatory is home to a monitoring system that quantifies the exchanges of water, carbon and energy between the ecosystem and the atmosphere.

Greenhouses & Insectary

The Institute's greenhouse facilities were recently updated to implement the best in controlled climate technology, including full temperature, CO2 and light control.

Labs & Growth Chambers

These recently-constructed PC2-compliant laboratories enable researchers to access the latest technology including controlled growth rooms and chambers, industry-certified Next Generation Sequencing labs, laser dissection microscopy, a range of analytical instrumentation for environmental chemistry and the nearby Confocal Microscopy Centre.