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April 2019

In this edition

Native plants could be the key to managing vineyard pests naturally

The answer to effective, long-term vineyard pest control could be available in your local plant nursery – and not in the form of a pesticide – new research suggests.

The research, undertaken by Dr Mary Retallack as part of a Wine Australia-funded PhD scholarship, found that natural biological control and the use of locally-adapted native insectary plants could potentially provide sustainable solutions for grapegrowers.

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It’s all in the taste: review sheds light on organic and biodynamic wine practice

Making the decision to go organic or biodynamic is a major one for grapegrowers.

The certification conversion period alone can take up to three years, and there’s no guarantee that the wine will taste better. Or is there?

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Travel bursary applications close 31 May

Wine Australia is inviting travel bursary applications for travel commencing between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. 

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Providing clarity on when smoke can cause taint

Valuable new research suggests the effects of smoke on wine flavour may be limited and very regional.

‘Obviously the location and the size of the fire is particularly important – and some bushfires have had huge impacts on the wine sector – but in general, that’s what we are finding’, said co-project leader, Dr Ian Porter.

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Calling early career researchers with a passion for Australian wine

Wine Australia is inviting applications for funding through the Incubator Initiative, a program that connects early career researchers with Australia’s wine regions. 

This year, 6 of Wine Australia’s Regional Program partners have crafted 13 local research questions for project applications.

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Embracing the evolution in the USA market

The latest research with the trade in the United States of America points to how Australian wine can grow its share of the premium segment of world’s largest wine market.

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Act now to prepare for next vintage

Post-vintage grapevine management, particularly in dry years, is crucial to a favourable start to the following season. 

Resources on Wine Australia’s website provide growers with information on the role of carbohydrates and nutrient reserves in the grapevine growth cycle and how irrigation and fertiliser can be used most efficiently to assist vine recovery in drier vintages – such as Vintage 2019.

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Looking to the skies to improve vines

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones’ are increasingly finding their niche in the vineyard landscape.

From mapping vineyards to identifying vine vigour and detecting pests, drones can give grapegrowers a real-time snapshot of what is happening in their vineyard at any given time.

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Measuring bunch rot impact on wine quality

Research at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) is arming grapegrowers and winemakers with increased knowledge about how bunch rot can impact a final wine – and how much is too much.

Led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) Professor Chris Steel, the research – funded by Wine Australia – aims to determine thresholds for bunch rot contamination, building on an earlier project that examined Botrytis or grey mould contamination of Chardonnay grapes in 2016.

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In brief

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