Viticulture biosecurity support
The AWRI was engaged by Australian Vignerons (AV), now Australian Grape and Wine (AGW), to deliver biosecurity management activities associated with the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). As a signatory to the EPPRD, AGW has national responsibility for biosecurity arrangements in the wine sector on behalf of independent grapegrowers and winemaker/grapegrowers. It has obligations to the normal commitments required of industry parties within the EPPRD for the wine sector and undertakes these responsibilities in close association with Wine Australia and other viticulture industries. The AWRI provided support to fulfil biosecurity obligations including responding to exotic plant pest incursions though the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) and providing the secretariat for the National Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (NVBC). Biosecurity activities are now delivered by AGW.
AWRI viticulture staff provided technical support to AV in meetings and activities of the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests and the National Management Group. They also provided secretariat services for two meetings of the National Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (NVBC). Following surveillance and confirmation of the presence of Grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) in NSW, SA and Victoria, the project team published a fact sheet and provided regular updates to industry. Two detections of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) led to the compilation of technical information for the categorisation of this exotic pest. Industry updates about BMSB were provided through eBulletins and an ‘Ask the AWRI’ column in Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker. The project team also facilitated communications about these two exotic pest incursions to the table and drying grape industries and to the Vine Improvement and Vine Industry Nurseries Associations. The AWRI is also contributing to a new research project on GPGV.
National approach to grape phylloxera management
The project team provided project management to complete a DAWR-funded project, ‘Desktop review: to inform a national approach to grape phylloxera management’ and facilitated industry consultation sessions in WA, NSW, Tasmania and Victoria to gather feedback on the review. Together with feedback collected in SA, this information was incorporated into an updated version of the review and presented to the NVBC.