2019 Fresh Science

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) was a proud sponsor of the prizes for the ‘Fresh Science’ sessions, held during the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) in Adelaide.

One of the most popular sessions at the technical conference are the Fresh Science sessions that showcase research from up-and-coming researchers. The ASVO sponsor two prizes for the best research presentations.

Caroline Bartel, a Scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) was awarded for her research on Brettanomyces bruxellensis becoming more tolerant to sulphur dioxide (SO2). Ms Bartel shared results that demonstrate that the spoilage yeast B. bruxellensis has the potential to develop SO2 tolerance in wine and suggests that the wine industry should carefully consider alternative strategies for controlling B. bruxellensis.

The second award went to Dr Harley Smith, a Team Leader in the Wine Grapes and Horticulture Group at CSIRO Agriculture and Food. Dr Smith said that the majority of commercial rootstocks currently available for planting were not optimised for Australian conditions and potentially had insufficient resistance to phylloxera and root knot nematode. Dr Smith said that “the goal of the CSIRO Rootstock Breeding Team is to develop elite rootstocks with new pedigrees in order to provide effective resistance to phylloxera and root knot nematode”.

Winners received a $500 cash prize, complimentary membership to the Society and a coveted ASVO scarf.

The 2019 winners are as follows:  

17th AWITC ‘Fresh Science’ winner Caroline Bartel

17th AWITC ‘Fresh Science’ winner Dr Harley Smith