Australia's wine and grape industry has been one of the nation's great agricultural success stories. We are working with industry to improve the performance of grapes in the production, processing and marketing chain.

The Challenge

Maintaining vineyard health and productivity

Grape growers are facing increasing adverse environmental conditions, pests and diseases which impact the sustainability and quality of their product.

Our Response

Improving grape genetics and vine management

Our grape research is targeting:

  • improved wine, dried and table grape varieties, as well as better rootstocks adapted to Australian conditions
  • quality characteristics such as berry colour, tannin and flavour, especially the compounds and genes responsible for fruit flavour and aroma
  • characteristics such as disease control, flowering and berry development from flower to fruit
  • sustainability issues, such as water and nutrient use.

Over the past few decades we've developed and released a range of rootstocks and wine, and table grape and dried grape varieties better suited to Australian conditions with improved attributes and performance.

Case studies

  • Alternate winegrape varieties

    We've developed a number of new grape varieties better suited to Australian growing conditions, with good productivity and desired wine aroma and flavour characteristics.

  • Protecting wine grapes from mildew

    A better understanding of how plants resist attack by fungal and oomycete pathogens, and the successful introduction of durable and effective resistance genes into grapevines, will lead to increases in productivity and quality through a reduction in the dependence on chemical inputs for disease control.


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