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ASVO seminar focus on flowers to fruit

“Transforming flowers to fruit” is the theme of the 2005 Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology viticulture seminar being held in Mildura on 29 July.

Chairman of the ASVO seminar organising committee, Steve Partridge, told Grapegrower and Winemaker the committee developed this theme because widespread variation in this fundamental process can lead to large differences in grape yield and wine quality within regions and even within individual vineyards.

“The implications of such variation resonate throughout the entire Australian wine industry,” Partridge said.
Against this background, the committee established a line-up of quality speakers with a focus on latest technical research from leading Australian and New Zealand research bodies including Department of Primary Industries Victoria (DPIV), the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

The seminar also includes an assessment of practical vineyard management solutions from consultants including Ben Rose of Performance Viticulture. Partridge said the aim was for growers to leave the seminar with soundly-based practical options to improve vineyard profitability as well as a better understanding of the current state of knowledge and research.

Each session allows time for questions and answers to individual speakers at the close. Morning and afternoon teas, plus lunch, is included in the registration fee.

Registrations and further information is available from the ASVO secretariat by calling (08) 8303 6607, email: or visit

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