PHYLLOXERA EXTENSION: NATIONAL PHYLLOXERA MANAGEMENT AND IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPS
Agricultural extension programs are an effective means of communication to raise productivity, assist farmers in identifying problems and engage industry to change practices. Evidence of the effectiveness of extension programs has been highlighted in recent evaluations of National Phylloxera Management and Identification Workshops which have been conducted annually in Australia, for the past sixteen years, educating over 1,500 people. Grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Fitch) is a significant biosecurity issue for the Australian viticulture industry, due to the predominance of ungrafted Vitis Vinifera L. plantings, with the insect being contained by legislation within designated quarantine boundaries. New infestations, both within and outside quarantine boundaries, are primarily identified by vineyard staff, noticing changes in vine canopy health, which highlights the need for effective informative extension. Phylloxera workshops cover a range of core topics, including phylloxera biology, genotypic interactions, geographical distribution, detection methods, quarantine protocols and rootstock selection. Over recent years, all workshops have been evaluated using KeePadTM technology and revised accordingly. In addition, supplementary audio visual and reference material has been developed. Successful completion of this programme not only has been shown to cause a 50% increase in phylloxera attained knowledge and awareness within the industry but also enables participants to receive accredited units towards a national accredited Certificate IV in Agriculture. Recent phylloxera outbreaks in Australia highlight the need for increased awareness of this significant pest across all viticulture regions. This has been achieved in Australia through the delivery of National Phylloxera Management and Identification Workshops, assisting in restricting phylloxeras spread and ensuring the security of the viticultural industry.
Mee, P.T., Korosi, G.A. and Powell, K.S. 2011. PHYLLOXERA EXTENSION: NATIONAL PHYLLOXERA MANAGEMENT AND IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPS. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 904:85-92
phylloxera workshops, KeePadTM technology, awareness, accreditation