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Aside from phylloxera, a number of other exotic pests and diseases also present potential threats to viticulture in Victoria. Grape growers need to ensure their biosecurity practices (including farm hygiene and movement controls) minimise the chances of either phylloxera or other pests becoming established.
Whilst phylloxera has been the major biosecurity issue for Victorian grape growers, many pests not yet recorded in Australia are potential threats to our viticulture industries.
Exotic pests that are high priorities for Victorian viticulture include:
For information on these pests, go to the Plant Health Australia Pest Information Document Database and select wine grapes, table grapes or dried fruit.
Other high priorities are:
Vines should be checked regularly and any unusual or unknown pest or disease symptoms reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.