The three plant industries that have an interest in growing grapes – Dried Fruits Australia, Wine Grape Growers Australia and the Australian Table Grape Association –now have a biosecurity manual to help producers manage biosecurity risks on their properties.
Viticulture is Australia’s largest horticultural industry with a combined value estimated at nearly a billion dollars. That doesn’t include the $1.8 billion dollar wine export market.
The viticulture industry biosecurity plan has been available since 2006 and was updated during 2013. The new Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture Industry is designed to complement the industry plan by providing biosecurity information for people working at an operational level, such as growers, contractors and anyone working on, or moving between, grape producing properties.
Increased awareness of biosecurity threats and the implementation of biosecurity best practice will help minimise the entry or spread of pests at the vineyard level.
The manual explains simple hygiene and pest monitoring practices and ways to effectively manage biosecurity threats on individual properties and within a region. It includes record keeping templates, checklists (eg Nursery provider best practice checklist), and fact sheets of the highest priority threats to enhance pest awareness and increase early reporting.
There is also a section specifically on phylloxera, showing what the pest looks like, a map of phylloxera infested zones in NSW and Victoria, restrictions on the movement of material that could carry phylloxera between grape growing regions, and information about the National Phylloxera Management Protocol.
The manual, pest fact sheets and other resources can be downloaded from the viticulture section of this site. Hard copies will be available from industry bodies.
The manual was funded by Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation using levies from grape growers and winemakers and matching funds from the Australian Government.