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Research seminars for WA grape and wine industries

Grape and wine producers next month will have the opportunity to hear about the latest research underway in Western Australia to assist their industries.

Department of Agriculture and Food viticulture development officer Diana Fisher said three seminars for producers and winemakers would be held in the Great Southern and the South West during September.

“Researchers from the department and from Curtin University will provide an overview of current research and development, and will offer practical advice that can be implemented this season,” Ms Fisher said.

Topics will include problem pests and diseases, water catchment and utilisation, and ways to reduce the risk of smoke effect in grapes and wine.

“Researchers will discuss the evaluation of alternative varieties for the wine industry in WA, and ways to achieve better cabernet sauvignon wines with improved clones,” Ms Fisher said.

“The seminars will also outline the testing and implementation of Entwine, a national environmental assurance program for wineries and vineyards”.

Ms Fisher said the seminars were a chance for producers to find out more about the work of Western Australian researchers to support the local wine and grape industries.

The seminars will be held at Australis Margaret River (formerly All Seasons) in Wallcliffe Road on 21 September, at Manjimup at the Department of Agriculture and Food on South West Highway on 22 September, and at the Mount Barker Recreation Centre on Albany Highway on the 23 September.

All seminars will be held from 8.30am to 12.30 and will be free of charge. Please register with Diana Fisher on or 9777 0000 by 17 September.

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