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Strengthening regional biosecurity action

Vinehealth Australia CEO Inca Pearce and communications advisor Cindie Smart have begun a series of regional visits to discuss biosecurity priorities with councils, wine industry associations and tourism groups... Read More...

Suspicious stinkbug sparks response

When a staff member walked into Warren Birchmore’s office with a suspicious looking bug on her jumper, Warren immediately thought of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). “I was aware of the BMSB problem du... Read More...

Celebrating our old vines

Vines are at the centre of every wine story, whether those vines are young, old or somewhere in between. And we’re fortunate in South Australia to have some of the oldest vines in the world, thanks to the ab... Read More...

Detecting pre-visual symptoms of Xylella

Spectral imagery is a powerful tool in detecting symptoms of Xylella fastidiosa in olive trees before they are visible. Hyperspectral and thermal cameras were used on manned and unmanned aircraft to detect t... Read More...

Spring spray reminder

PIRSA Biosecurity SA is calling for farmers to think before they spray, to avoid off-target damage to highly sensitive plants, including grapevines. Manager, Rural Chemical Operations at PIRSA Biosecurity SA... Read More...

New fact sheet for farm-gate hygiene

Our popular biosecurity poster ‘Attention all grapegrowers’ is now also a handy fact sheet focused on the top 10 farm-gate hygiene activities for vineyard owners. Farm-gate hygiene activities are site-specif... Read More...

Vineyard mapping in the spotlight

Knowing location is an incredibly powerful tool in the biosecurity toolkit. Knowing the potential site of an incident allows for rapid containment and improved management practices. That’s why Vinehealth Aus... Read More...

Free wine tourism training: book now

Vinehealth Australia’s new trainer, Hayley Conolly, hit the road this month, continuing the rollout of the Wine Tourism Biosecurity Program in South Australian wine regions. Training started in Coonawarra th... Read More...

Coordinated defence against Xylella

Wine Australia and Hort Innovation have teamed up through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) to safeguard the nation against Xylella fastidiosa, the devastating bacterium that could cripple the co... Read More...

Host range expands for #1 plant pest

Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce’s Disease in grapevines, already known to impact more than 350 commercial and ornamental plant species, has increased its host range to 563 species, according to recent w... Read More...