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WA wine industry workshops to focus on climate change projections

Leading climate modeller Professor Tom Lyons from Murdoch University will present his detailed climate models for the Department of Agriculture and Food’s workshops in the South West this month.

The workshops will focus on regional climate change projections, variety suitability and choices, water use management and vineyard management.

Premium Wine Project Manager Glynn Ward said the department and Western Australian universities were exploring the issue further to give producers a better understanding of predicted climate change and how it would affect their decisions and future planning.

“Growers and producers have requested to be kept more informed, involved and engaged with researchers on this issue,” Ward said.

“In particular, they would like greater tools to manage their vineyards and wine businesses under the current seasonal climatic variability and plan for climate change.”

The morning workshops will be held in Margaret River on September 16, Manjimup on September 17 and Albany on September 18.

Grape and wine producers from all regions are invited to attend the workshops to hear what is being done and to contribute to the industry’s efforts in preparing for climate change.

To register for a workshop please contact the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Manjimup Horticulture Research Institute on 9777 0000. For further information contact Glynn Ward on 9368 3568.

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