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DPIRD Pest and Disease Workshops


The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will be presenting pest and disease workshops for industry in the Swan Valley, Margaret River and the Great Southern later this month.

Pest management, sustainable viticulture and chemical resistance are high priorities for the WA wine industry. International, national and local experts will present the latest research and sustainable practices for managing vineyard pests and diseases. Key presenters are Professor Wayne Wilcox and Dr Bob Emmett.

Headlining the workshop is internationally renowned grape pathologist and editor of the seminal text ‘Compendium of grape diseases, disorders and pests’, Professor Wayne Wilcox. Professor Wilcox, Cornell University (USA) grape pathology program leader, will present on the biology and sustainable management of powdery mildew, botrytis bunch rot, downy mildew and sour rot.

Mildura based grapevine pathologist, Dr Bob Emmett, will provide expert insight into integrated pest management practices and delve into the management of botryosphaeria trunk rot, mealybug and light brown apple moth.

DPIRD pathologist Andrew Taylor will give a WA perspective on downy mildew and fungicide resistance and entomologist Stewart Learmonth will discuss garden weevil management practices

Swan Valley: 16th October, 9am - 1pm, Swan Athletic Sporting Club, McDonald St, Herne Hill

Margaret River: 17th October, 9am - 1pm, Margaret River Education Campus, 272 Bussell Highway

Great Southern: 19th October, 9am - 1pm, Community Resource Centre, 1 Lowood Road, Mt Barker

Registration is free and lunch will be provided after each session.

To book, please email jodie.whitfield@dpird.wa.gov.au

Earlier Event: October 4
WAGO Western Australian Tasting - London
Later Event: October 18
Wine Industry IMPACT Conference