The upcoming July ASVO seminar program, titled ‘Front-line pest and disease management for healthy vineyards’, will offer presentations by experts and case studies from producers managing vineyard pests and diseases.

The seminar provides a forum for practitioners, researchers, and educators to present and discuss the trends, concerns and practical challenges encountered and the most recent innovative solutions adopted to tackle vineyard pests and diseases.

This seminar is to be held in Mildura on July 25-26. For the first time, the entire plenary will be live-streamed to more intimate gatherings in the Granite Belt, Margaret River and Tasmania.

ASVO members will host the remote seminars and attendees will interact with the presenters and each other during the event and in the evening at a local dinner. “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.

Speakers include:

  • Grapevine viruses and biosecurity in NZ with Dr Vaughn Bell, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research
  • An overview of the virus and virus -like diseases of grapevines with Dr Fiona Constable, ‎Victorian Dept. of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Free biological control of insect pests with Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture
  • Grape phylloxera quarantine management and importance of diverse genetic strains with Dr Catherine Clark, Agriculture Victoria Research Division
  • New phylloxera detection method: opportunities and next steps with Inca Pearce, Vinehealth Australia
  • Describing life living with phylloxera with Andy Clarke, Yering Station
  • Insights on clonal selection for vineyard longevity with Dr Cath Kidman, Wynns Coonawarra Estate
  • What to do when disaster strikes? with Jim Pekin, Australian Banana Growers’ Council

Register online here.