The Wine Australia Strategic Plan 2020–2025 identifies the supply of genetically diverse and high-health planting material as a priority research, development and adoption (RD&A) topic for the Australian wine sector.
Grapevine foundation assets help to secure the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wine sector through the health, quality and integrity of its vineyards. Currently, grapevine germplasm collections are managed as a set of separate entities, and the CSIRO and SARDI collections, which house the majority of the unique germplasm in the country, have been closed to industry since 2009. The lack of a coordinated and maintained germplasm collection is a major risk to the Australian wine sector. If we continue to do nothing, these foundation assets may be lost or deteriorate beyond rescue.
Previous attempts to develop a solution and reopen the collections have not succeeded due to various factors, including lack of national industry leadership. A recent discussion paper integrated recommendations from earlier studies into a new model for a national germplasm collection, referred to as the ‘National Grapevine Collection’ (NGC). Wine Australia has developed an implementation plan to adopt the model in a staged approach over three years. It will deliver a national system of centrally-managed, coordinated grapevine assets and resources which are managed and protected into the future.
We are seeking proposals to fill the role of National Grapevine Collection Coordinator. The Coordinator will work alongside an Industry Advisory Committee and Wine Australia to drive and oversee the establishment and maintenance of the NGC, according to the implementation plan.
Detailed information on the background, project scope and proposal submission is contained in the Request for Proposal document here.
Queries and submissions should be made to Dr Sharon Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org by the due date of 30 September 2021.