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Call for improved farm-gate hygiene

Vinehealth Australia is calling for grapegrowers to examine and improve their farm-gate hygiene practices in the lead up to vintage 2017. Vintage is a key risk time for the spread of pests and diseases, incl... Read More...

Biosecurity ‘rules’ tool on the way

Vinehealth Australia has identified an opportunity to assist state governments to communicate the legal requirements around moving grape-related phylloxera vectors between states and between phylloxera manageme... Read More...

Fruit Fly: a priority pest reviewed

Fruit flies are categorised as both exotic and endemic biosecurity threats to Australia and are one of the world’s most destructive horticultural pests (Farm Biosecurity, 2016). Exotic fruit flies were ranked ... Read More...

TDU signs offering protection

Vinehealth Australia has thrown its support behind vineyard owners whose properties border the routes of this year’s Tour Down Under cycling race held between 14-22 January. The Tour Down Under commands intern... Read More...

Naracoorte Heat Shed upgraded

The Naracoorte Heat Shed was the first purpose-built facility in South Australia for sterilising vineyard machinery and equipment, to ensure freedom from phylloxera. Vinehealth Australia (VHA) continues to advo... Read More...

Vintage: risky business

Vintage is a key risk time for pest and disease spread, due to the high movement of machinery, equipment and workers between regions and states. “Vintage results in rapid movement of biosecurity vectors that h... Read More...

Public enemy #1

Public enemy #1: Xylella fastidiosa (Pierce’s Disease) Xylella fastidiosa has been named the number one unwanted plant pest for Australia in 2016 and is a High Priority Pest for the wine industry. “It’s a majo... Read More...

Big plans for 2017

A communications plan has been developed for Vinehealth Australia to ensure we do a better job of communicating our activities with our most important stakeholders: vineyard owners. In 2017 we will deliver a r... Read More...