Welcome to PICCC

Widespread impacts of extreme weather

Extreme weather repeatedly affects the Australian farming sectors and while some are responding strategically, the industry needs improved risk management strategies to manage it better.

An observed trend over the past 60 years reveals progressively earlier maturation dates for Shiraz grapes grown in Central Victoria.
Australia's variable climate requires proactive farmers

Successful farmers are adaptation experts – they listen to what their land, plants and animals tell them, and respond in order to optimise their business.

Graduate certificate graduating class
Professional development in climate change

PICCC's graduate training builds knowledge of climate change among professionals working in the agriculture and land management sector.

Jersey heifers
Dairy's changing future

The dairy industry is adaptive by nature, but farmers are likely to face a range of new challenges due to the ever-increasing impact of climate change.

Apples
Global warming to change how and where fruit grows

Some of Australia’s favourite fruits are under pressure from climate change, with growers set to face difficult choices in the years ahead.

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The Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) is a collaborative venture between the University of Melbourne and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Victoria (formerly DEPI).

PICCC combines the resources and activities of its partners to lead research, development and education related to climate change and the primary industries. Read more.

Featured research

Apple tree. Source: Agriculture Victoria

Fruit tree adaptation

Increasing the Australian fruit tree industry's preparedness for climate change.

Angus heifers. Source: Agriculture Victoria

Offset options for cattle

Strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of dairy and beef products.

Sheep

Evaluating abatement strategies

Assessing emissions abatement and carbon sequestration strategies for the dairy, sheep and beef industries.