The grapevine trunk diseases Eutypa dieback and Botryosphaeria dieback contribute to grapevine decline worldwide, reducing vineyard productivity and longevity. These fungal diseases infect grapevine wood through wounds, leading to vine cankers, reduction in yield and eventually death. They are considered a serious threat to the sustainability of the Australian wine industry.
This project is aiming to provide rapid identification methods for grapevine trunk diseases.
By improving our understanding of the fungi associated with grapevine trunk disease we can improve disease forecasting, management and control while improving vineyard management and performance.
Research will investigate which microorganisms, both ‘good’ and disease-causing reside in planting materials in Australia which may impact the health and fitness of young vines.
Management and diagnosis of grapevine trunk disease in vineyards and nurseries (2022- 2027)
Funding Wine Australia Lead University of Adelaide, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)