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What would an outbreak of one of the world's worst grape pests mean for the region?

Monday 18 April 2016 – NSW DPI Orange Agricultural Institute

Grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) is one of the world’s most damaging grapevine pests, so keeping this small aphid like insect out of local vineyards is a serious issue in Central Tablelands Local Land Services grape growing areas such as Cowra, Canowindra, Mudgee and Orange.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services and Biosecurity staff from the NSW Department of Primary Industries are hosting a workshop for grape growers and the local wine industry focussed on the ramifications of a phylloxera outbreak in the Central West.

Phylloxera has already infested the Sydney region in the counties of Cumberland and Camden. Large sections of Victoria are also classed as Phylloxera Infested Zones and the infestation has spread across the New South Wales border into the area around Albury and Corowa.

“With Phylloxera infested zones so close to the Central West, the threat of this pest spreading to our region is possible,” said Karen OMalley from Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

“This workshop on 18 April will look at what growers need to do if they suspect they have discovered the phylloxera aphid on their properties, and how an outbreak would be managed.”

Other critical issues for discussion will include what happens to neighbouring vineyards when an infestation is discovered, and what the ramifications would be for individual growers, the wider district and the industry as a whole.

“We’ll discuss the costs involved, and what growers have learnt in other parts of Australia from managing an outbreak.  We’ll also talk through the new Biosecurity Act and what this legislation means for grape producers.”

Central Tablelands Local Lands Service encourages all grape growers and people involved with the local wine industry to attend and meet the local staff who are working on the front line of biosecurity protection.

“Phylloxera is not currently present in this region so we need growers to be quick to recognize it, should it turn up here, so that we can eliminate it as soon as possible,” explained Karen OMalley.

The phylloxera workshop will take place at the Training Centre at the NSW DPI Orange Agricultural Institute, Forest Road, Orange on Monday 18 April 2016, starting at 1:30 pm.

Afternoon tea will be supplied.  Please RSVP for catering purposes to Karen OMalley on email: karen.omalley@lls.nsw.gov.au

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