2018 Program




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DAY ONE Wednesday 25 July 2018

DAY TWO Thursday 26 July 2018

Lunch Working breakfast 8:00 – 8:45 Arts Centre Foyer


Dr Mardi Longbottom, AWRI (Chair, Program committee)

Opening address

Second day opening address

Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.


Dr Liz Waters, Wine Australia


Session 1

Session 3

Chair Liz Riley Chair Dr Mardi Longbottom

Current Australian exotic pest incursions

Digital Spraying

Dr Mardi Longbottom, AWRI Dr Andrew Hewitt, The University of Queensland

Grapevine viruses and other future threats

Non-chemical Botrytis management – NZ perspective

Dr Fiona Constable, ‎Victorian DEPI Ollie Powrie, Villa Maria

Grapevine viruses & biosecurity in NZ

Winemaking trials with sooty mould

Dr Vaughn Bell, ‎Plant & Food New Zealand Peter Godden, AWRI

Experiences in the banana industry- Panama & Freckle diseases

Monitoring grapevine pathology with hyperspectral imaging

Jim Pekin, Australian Banana Growers Council Dr Bob Dambergs, AWRI

Panel discussion


Convened by Liz Riley, Vitibit



Session 2

Session 4

Chair Kristy Bartrop Chair Dr Mark Krstic

Mildews:  what drives an epidemic?

Phylloxera DNA probe

Barbara Hall, SARDI Inca Pearce, Vinehealth

Using agrochemical data to monitor trends and ID future issues

Grape Phylloxera – Quarantine management and importance of diverse genetic strains

Dr Paul Petrie, AWRI & SARDI Dr Catherine Clark, Agriculture Victoria

Challenges to agrochemical availability

The reality of living with phylloxera – case study

Marcel Essling, AWRI Andy Clarke, Yering Station

Free biological control of insect pests? Yes, please!

Panel discussion

Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture Convened by Dr Mark Krstic, AWRI

Panel discussion

Convened by Kristy Bartrop, Cassella




Announcement of the 2018 Viticulturist of the year finalists

Session 5

Convened by Chris Brodie, Wingara Wine Group

Clonal selection for healthy vines

Networking Drinks 6:30pm Dr Cath Kidman, Treasury Wine Estates

Shiraz clonal resilience to Climate Change

 Seminar Dinner 7:00pm – 10:30 Dr Michael McCarthy, SARDI

Propagation for healthy vineyards

Nick Dry, Yalumba

Using unmanned aircraft systems to manage insects and diseases–the power of perspective.

Associate Professor Brian McCornack, Kansas State University