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 (CCEPP) and the National Management Group (NMG). They also provided secretariat services for the National Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (NVBC). Two AWRI staff members provided in-kind support to review a Wine Australia-funded project, ‘A comprehensive review of Pinot Gris Virus’.