Autumn 2014 Newsletter - The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board

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The Phylloxera and Grape Industry
Board of SA launched the online “Grape
Industry Kiosk” in January 2014, where
grapegrowers and vineyard owners
can access and updated their Vineyard
Record at any time, rather than once a
year by hardcopy as previously.
It contains electronic versions of the
vineyards that they own, which include
individual vineyard maps and details
of planting varieties, ages of vines,
hectares and rootstocks, plus historical
“The layout and information on the site is very good.
The videos appear to be comprehensive and should
make the job easy”
The response has been overwhelming,
with over 35% of grapegrowers and
vineyard owners updating their records
and contact details within the Kiosk.
“Great site - Great well
thought out web site”
Having an accurate database is essential
for the Board’s effective management of
an outbreak of the Phylloxera insect or
any other exotic pests or diseases.
“It will be great to use this
new format, I thought the
Kiosk was a good tool while
we were trialling it and will
be a great way to maintain
any changes to plantings as
they occur”
The Board wants to expand the system’s
functionality and the information it
contains for the benefit of all industry
Strategic Plan Development - update
We are now working on -
DNA sampling methology
“Just wanted to let you know
that you have done a good
job with your site here. It is
very user friendly and clear.
Well done!”
Online Grape Industry Kiosk
Collecting levy payments online,
Display real time planting reports,
Map boundary changes
Recording imported planting
Risk Assessment - update
The Kiosk has the scope for additions
such as collecting yield data, water use
and any other data industry considers as
Your feedback is welcome to enhance
the Kiosk. Please send your ideas to
[email protected]
2014 Surveillance inspections
2013 vine stats
Rootstock Trials - update
AUTUMN 2011 Update Newsletter
Future directions for PGIBSA - Strategic Planning 2014 - 2019
The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of SA (PGIBSA)
in collaboration with Wine Grape Council of South
Australia (WGCSA) and the South Australian Wine
Industry Association (SAWIA) has undertaken a strategic
process to formulate a dynamic plan for the next 5 years.
Consultant, Governance Matters were engaged to
undertake a survey of stakeholders, conduct a one day
planning session and assist PGIBSA in the formulation of
The Board would like to thank all stakeholders for their
valuable contribution to the plan.
Issues that arose out of the planning day that require
addressing are:
The inclusion of source of vine material and clones
in the Vineyard Register through the online Grape
Industry Kiosk. Other information that stakeholders
would like to see included are - yields, water usage,
weather mapping etc. All these and others that
stakeholders wish PGIBSA to consider, will form the
basis of the work plans for the Kiosk going forward;
That the Board continues to drive innovative research
to develop IP which assists the industry to gain a
market edge;
To build strong alliances with interstate and national
stakeholders to build collaborative approaches and
reduce duplication;
Communicate brilliantly by developing innovative
ways to send clear and simple messages about
biosecurity; and
To align legislative and governance practices with
contemporary needs.
Once the plan is launched by the Minister, it will be
available on the Boards’website -
At the beginning of 2013, in partnership with PBCRC,
GWRDC, Uni SA, Biosecurity SA, Vic DEPI, NSW DPI,
SARDI and Rho Environmetrics, PGIBSA commenced a
four-year trial in the development of DNA sampling tool for
the detection of Phylloxera.
This sampling methodology will help the grape industry
conduct widespread surveying of vineyards across Australia
in determining where Phylloxera is present and which
regions are free from the pest. The ability to prove Area
Freedom is an important end result for the industry in
complying with WTO guidelines.
All of the 2013 milestones were achieved. An analysis of
data collected during 2013 has formed the basis for the
2014 programme. The programme will include a validation
of the 2013 results as well as additional trials to be carried
out in the spring of 2014.
These include •
Riverland - as the region has a high percentage of
rootstocks and also to further the development of
the soil sampling method to include the detection of
Mundulla - to complete a time/cost comparison with the
bucket method of detecting Phylloxera;
Barossa Valley - as it has the highest volume of grape
receivals and grape processing in SA; and
McLaren Vale - to conduct further nematode evaluation.
These trials have been made possible through additional
funding from the SA government, which was announced late
last year.
The project team will also be preparing 2 papers for
publication during 2014.
In addition to completing the collection of base line data, the
project team is focussed on refining the practice of gathering
the soil sample (i.e. depth and position of the sample), the
development of the sampling methodology and determining
the detection limits of the DNA analysis technology.
AUTUMN 2011 Update Newsletter
In February 2014, the
Maroondah PIZ boundary
was changed due to a
detection of phylloxera.
The detection was less than 5 km from
the buffer zone, therefore to abide by
the NPMP the boundary was moved to
ensure compliance with the NPMP.
To date, all phylloxera detections have
been within the original PIZ which
was enacted in 2006.
Boundary extensions have occurred
on three occasions - one because
processors who were in the PRZ had
their clients within the PIZ and were
unable to process fruit so requested
to be included in the PIZ, and on two
occasions because the detections were
less than 5 km from the buffer zone.
RISK ASSESSMENT UPDATE - ongoing incidents
The first function under the Act for
the Board, is to Assess Risk. To enable
this process, the Board has established
a Risk Register and has put in place a
formal incident reporting process.
How to report an incident:
Reporting an incident is an integral
component of the Board’s risk
assessment processes. The Board’s
capability to assess risks is a
requirement under the Phylloxera and
Grape Industry Act (1995). Prompt
reporting is the key to reducing the
impact of an incursion of a pest or
disease that could have a negative
economic impact on the South
Australian grape industry.
The PGIBSA welcomes reports from
its stakeholders of any suspicious or
unusual looking pests and disease
symptoms or any behavior that could
lead to a pest or disease establishing in
South Australia.
To report an incident, visit
and complete the online form.
All information provided is held in the
strictest confidence.
Ongoing incidents:
There is one oustanding incident
awaiting a completed investigation
In the January to March 2014 period,
there were no incidents reported.
In the last quarter, an incident identified
from a review of past information
was investigated. No evidence of any
breaches of South Australian Plant
Quarantine Standard was found.
The Board welcomes reporting on any
incidents, including those that allegedly
may have occurred sometime ago (ie.
years ago) that have caused concern.
The Board will apply the risk
assessment principles to the incident
to determine the level of risk. The
Board is particularly interested in
alleged breaches of regulation (Plant
Quarantine Standard) and between
PEZ’s and PRZ’s/PIZ’s.ate risk.
Update Newsletter
Ben Gibson
0417 865 580
Marc Allgrove
0448 671 815
Nigel Blieschke
0418 836 546
Ashley Chabrel
0409 882 582
Cassandra Collins
0402 433 976
Roseanne Healy
0408 800 268
Elise Heyes
0408 333 976
Suzanne McLoughlin
0412 859 882
Geoff Raven
0401 121 917
Phylloxera and Grape Industry
Board of South Australia
46 Nelson Street,
Stepney, SA 5069
T (08) 8362 0488
F (08) 8362 0499
E [email protected]
Disclaimer: While the board has made every
effort to ensure the accuracy of the information
contained in this newsletter, it accepts no
liability for the use of the information and any
consequences arising from doing so.
- results
Following a review of the sites in the
Langhorne Creek region, no phylloxera
was detected.
Imagery was taken from early
November to December in 2012 as
part of a collaborated capture between
Local Government (District Council
Mt Barker, Rural City of Murray
Bridge, District Council of Yankalilla),
Next year’s work will concentrate on
sites around the Riverland.
Please contact the office for
more information on 08 8362
0488 or alternatively email
[email protected]
2013 vineyard
register statistics
346 ha
is the total number of
vines removed since
30 April 2013
530 ha
of vines have been
planted, top-worked or
grafted in 2013
is the total number of
growers listed in the
Board’s database
is the total number of
vines that are planted
to rootstocks
PGIBSA has ceased data collection
at the Clare Valley trial site as there
were too many variables affecting vine
As part of its Strategic review, PGIBSA
is exploring ways as to how to align
the trials to the respective region’s
Samples have been collected from trial
sites in the Coonawarra and Adelaide
Hills throughout vintage 2014.
If anybody is interested in further
postgraduate studies based on the
trial site data, please contact Andrew
Downs, on (08) 8362 0488.
The heat shed treatments remain
an important tool in maintaining
confidence in phylloxera free vineyard
For all heat treatment bookings, please
contact Mark Dinham during business
hours on (08) 8762 0666 or email
Mark at [email protected]
If you would like to become a
registered user, please register
through the Boards’ website

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