2015 Abstracts-Presenters

Simon Berry is the Principal of berry2wine Pty Ltd, a vineyard management and consultancy service. He has been a grape grower for 23 years in three states and has a vineyard at Kuitpo. He currently Chairs WGCSA and assists WGGA with agrichemical and market access activity.

Stuart McNab has a comprehensive knowledge of wine business and general industry dynamics. Stuart has represented the wine sector in many industry committees and since 2009 has held the position of President of the South Australian Wine Industry Association.

Dr Mark Sosnowski leads the Plant Health and Biosecurity science program at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). He manages a biosecurity research program focussing on impact management of exotic grapevine pathogens in collaboration with Cornell University, USA. Dr Sosnowski has a decade of grapevine disease research experience in Australia and draws from his extensive international experience and collaboration to provide industry with the latest information for effective management of trunk diseases.

Dr Kendra Baumgartner is a grapevine pathologist with the United States Department of Agriculture in Davis, California. The aims of her research on grapevine trunk diseases range from tracking the infection of the plant by the microscopic fungal filaments to modeling the long-term economic benefits of preventing trunk diseases. In California, where trunk diseases are currently one of the main drivers of vineyard decline, Dr. Baumgartner leads a team of plant scientists, social scientists, grower groups, and extension advisors who are working to develop new outreach strategies that encourage prevention of trunk diseases starting in young vineyards.

Colin Hinze is the Vineyard Manager with Taylors Wines and is responsible for the management of 500 hectares of premium vineyards in the Clare Valley. Through his emphasis on development, research and mapping of vineyard variability, Colin has developed a strong understanding of the spread and impact of Eutypa dieback. Consequently he has been closely involved in several projects aimed at re-working, managing and rejuvenating vineyards affected by this disease.

Tim Pitt is a senior research officer with SARDI Water Resources, based at the Waite Campus in Adelaide. Tim has worked across most of SA’s irrigation districts exploring methods to improve the productivity and quality of horticultural crops irrigated with saline waters. Tim is currently investigating salinity management strategies in vineyards and almond orchards irrigated with recycled municipal wastewater in both McLaren Vale and the Northern Adelaide Plains

Dr Paul Petrie is a viticulture scientist at The Australian Wine Research Institute and South Australian Research & Development Institute and previously was the National Viticulturist for Treasury Wine Estates. Prior to this he worked at the CSIRO Merbein laboratory, helping to refine systems for crop forecasting and yield regulation.

Dr Kerry DeGaris research focuses on salinity in Shiraz grapes at Padthaway, and the potential to use partial rootzone drying to reduce salt uptake. The primary motivation is water usage, but salinity is an important secondary motivation arising from falling bore water levels and impending changes in water allocation plans.

Dr Jeffrey Baldock is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Land and Water. Dr Baldock is actively involved in projects quantifying the content, forms and cycling of organic carbon and nitrogen in soils. He currently leads a project that is quantifying the magnitude of intra- and inter-annual variations in soil carbon stocks. Additionally, he leads projects designed to improve the capability of the computer simulation modelling framework used by the Australian Government to assess the impact of land use on national greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Vaughn Bell from the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited will share how New Zealand is managing the spread of Grapevine Leafroll associated Virus. The impact on vine health, crop yield, and quality can be significant and economic losses over the lifespan of a vineyard if intervention strategies are not implemented can be great. Dr Bell will share research conducted in NZ and overseas that can provide some practical guidelines for vineyard management over the coming growing season.

Sue Bell established her own label, Bellwether Wines, in 2009. She now produces award-winning wines at the historic Glen Roy Woolshed. Sue’s innovative business practices include; encouraging women in agriculture, making wine with climate adaptive grape varieties, protect the Limestone Coast from bio-security and commercial threats, preserving local heritage and embracing the wine consumer and are true best industry practice.

Ashley Ratcliff is the Oxford Landing Winery & Viticulture Manager and has held various roles within Yalumba over the past 12 years. A student of marketing, business and viticulture, Ashley continues to work on changing the views of how consumers and the wine industry as a whole respects wine made from the Riverland.
A farmer at heart, the Ratcliff family own and operate a number of vineyards throughout the Riverland. Understanding customer needs and brand development strategies, Ashley believes warm climate grape growers can create unique offerings for their farms that will lead to a competitive advantage in a world dominated by commodity wine production.

Dr Ian Dry leads research into developing molecular strategies to improve the genetic resistance of horticultural crops to fungal pathogens. His current research activities include the map-based cloning and functional characterisation of powdery mildew and downy mildew resistance genes from a wild American grape species.