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Frontline pest and disease management for healthy vineyards

Kimberley Low / Wine Australia
08 Jun 2018
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Early identification is the key to a rapid and effective biosecurity response, so it is imperative that growers, viticulturists and consultants have the skills and knowledge to identify biosecurity threats and their symptoms.

The upcoming ASVO seminar presents the hot topic, Front-line pest and disease management for healthy vineyards, offering expert presentations and real case studies from producers to maximise the impact of control efforts and managing vineyard pests and disease.

The seminar will discuss the trends, concerns and practical challenges encountered and the most recent innovative solutions adopted against vineyard pests and diseases. It will benefit everyone on the front line of defence against vineyard pests and disease.

‘Each season presents different challenges across our winegrowing regions. Pest and disease management is a priority area to examine and redefine best management practices’, said Mardi Longbottom, Chair of the Program Committee.

The ASVO seminar will be held in Mildura on 25–26 July, but in 2018, the entire plenary will be live-streamed to smaller gatherings in the Granite Belt, Margaret River and Tasmania, hosted by ASVO members.

‘It is very exciting to be able to bring the Mildura seminar to regional locations, particularly those where travel time and costs often make attendance challenging’, said Fiona Kerslake, Regional Director and Program Committee member.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Grapevine viruses & biosecurity in New Zealand

Vaughn Bell, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research

  • Non-chemical Botrytis management a New Zealand perspective

Ollie Powrie, Villa Maria Estate Ltd

  • Grape phylloxera quarantine management and importance of diverse genetic strains

Catherine Clarke, Agriculture Victoria Research Division

  • An overview of virus and virus-like diseases of grapevines

Fiona Constable, ‎Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries

  • Free biological control of insect pests yes please

Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture

  • New phylloxera detection method: opportunities and next steps

Inca Pearce, Vinehealth Australia

  • Mildews: what drives an epidemic?

Barbara Hall, South Australian Research and Development Institute

  • Clonal selection for healthy vines

Cath Kidman, Wynns Coonawarra Estate

  • What to do when disaster strikes?

Jim Pekin, Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC)


Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Ave, Mildura

Live streaming locations

Using ‘Zoom’ technology the entire seminar will be live-streamed to smaller gatherings. ASVO members will host the remote seminars and attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a local dinner.

QCWT Queensland College of Wine Tourism
22 Caves Rd, Stanthorpe
Live streamed event. Hosted by Mike Hayes

Margaret River Education campus, Centre for Wine Excellence
272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, Western Australia
Live streamed event. Hosted by Tony Proffitt

University of Tasmania, Launceston
Live streamed event. Hosted by Fiona Kerslake

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