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The development of a polymerase chain reaction method for the rapid identification of grape Phylloxera in vineyard soil

KS Herbert, AA Hoffmann, KS Powell, K Ophel-Keller, YM Parsons, KS Powell (ed.), CJ Trethowan (ed.)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL GRAPEVINE PHYLLOXERA SYMPOSIUM | INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE | Published : 2007

Abstract

Grapevine phylloxera, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae poses a serious threat to around 85% of vineyards in Australia. Phylloxera interaction with the root system of ungrafted European grapevines results in severe yield reduction and eventual vine death. Crucial to the effectiveness of Australian quarantine protocols is the early detection and containment of new outbreaks of phylloxera. A combination of aerial and ground surveys are currently in place to detect new infestations and monitor the spread of phylloxera infestations in Australia. Several limitations exist with these early detection methods making an accurate and thorough assessment of phylloxera damage in a vineyard difficult. There is a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Commonwealth Cooperative Research Centre Program and conducted through the CRC for Viticulture with support from Australia's grapegrowers and winemakers through their investment body the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. The authors would like to thank the Department of Primary Industries, Rutherglen for use of their facilities, as well as fellow colleagues at CESAR, The University of Melbourne for their experimental expertise.