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Breeding and evaluation of new mildew-resistant wine-grape varieties for Australian conditions
Disease-resistant grapevine varieties will play an important role in sustainable viticulture in the future. Social and economic pressures, including increasing human health awareness and the need for environmental preservation, contribute to the necessity for breeding new disease-resistant winegrapes. New 1st generation mildew-resistant red, red-flesh and white varieties bred by CSIRO, containing a single genetic locus conferring resistance to powdery and downy mildew, are under evaluation in various wine-growing regions across Australia. An update will be provided on the evaluation of the viticultural and wine sensory characteristics of the 1st generation varieties, as well as progress with the breeding and selection of the 2nd generation mildew-resistant varieties, which contain two different genetic loci conferring resistance to powdery and downy mildew for more durable resistance in the field.

Oct 21, 2021 11:30 AM in Adelaide

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Dr Ian Dry
Team Leader Agriculture & Food @CSIRO
Dr Ian Dry has been actively involved in plant research for more than 35 years in Australia and the UK in areas covering plant biochemistry, molecular plant pathology and plant breeding. He currently leads a CSIRO research team focused on the development of new wine-grape varieties with resistance to fungal pathogens.
Ben Harris
@Treasury Wine Estates
Ben Harris was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, where he commenced his involvement in the wine industry in 1993. Ben has since worked in several roles throughout Australia, New Zealand and Bordeaux, France, including technical and management roles in McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, managing the Penfolds vineyard at Robe and managing the Wynns Coonawarra Estate vineyards.