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Rootstock remnants, viruses and re-planting challenges – presented by the AWRI and Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association
A panel-style webinar presented by the AWRI and YVWGA covering a range of topics related to vineyard viruses, in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as the experiences of Yarra Valley growers when considering replanting vineyards. The following content will be covered in this session.

• Replanting vineyards with existing and remnant virus-positive material - Rob Sutherland (De Bortoli Wines, Yarra Valley)

• Virus and virus-like disease of Australian grapevines and their management - Dr Fiona Constable (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria)

• Insect transmission of grapevine leafroll disease: the New Zealand experience and response - Dr Vaughn Bell (The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited)

Oct 29, 2020 11:30 AM in Adelaide

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Rob Sutherland
Viticulturist @De Bortoli Wines, Yarra Valley
Rob Sutherland has been a Viticulturist at De Bortoli Wines since 2005, where he currently manages 230 hectares of vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Replanting vineyards for De Bortoli and the Yarra Valley region has been on Rob's agenda since the discovery of phylloxera in 2006. As Chair of the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Technical Sub Committee, Rob is in constant contact with growers and is kept informed on their concerns about replanting decisions.
Dr Fiona Constable
Research Leader – Microbiology @Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victoria
Dr Fiona Constable (BSc (Hons), La Trobe University; PhD, University of Adelaide) is the Research Leader - Microbiology and Senior Plant Virologist for Crop Health Services diagnostic service of Agriculture Victoria. Dr Constable has considerable experience in the epidemiology of virus, viroids and phytoplasma-associated diseases and development of rapid and reliable molecular diagnostic tests for these pathogens in various crops, including grapevines.
Dr Vaughn Bell
Senior Scientist, Winegrape Entomology and Virology @The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited
Since 2004, Dr Vaughn Bell has worked closely with New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry body, to better understand vineyard mealybugs, with an emphasis their ecology, biology and ability to transmit (vector) grapevine leafroll disease. By examining this vine/virus/vector relationship, his findings have contributed to the development of a practical and financially sustainable management response that has been widely adopted in New Zealand.