Additional recent pest detections
Impact in vineyards and wineries
BMSB is one of many nuisance stink bugs and is easily confused with other stink bugs, some of which are present in Australia. The appearance of BMSB changes through its lifecycle. Adult BMSBs are characterised by a 12-17mm mottle brown coloured, shield-shaped body (see photos below).
BMSB egg mass (left) (photo: David Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org), nymph (middle) (photo: Gary Bernon, Bugwood.org) and an adult BMSB (right) (photo: Mohammed El Damir, Bugwood.org)
A collection of nymph and adult BMSBs on a leaf (left) and feeding damage on fruit caused
by BMSB (right) (photos: Gary Bernon, Bugwood.org).
Biosecurity awareness and reporting
Vineyards / wineries
For further information about wine industry biosecurity arrangements, please contact Andrew Weeks, CEO Australian Vignerons on 0403 520 242.
For technical information about brown marmorated stink bug, please contact the AWRI helpdesk on 08 8313 6600.
Australian Vignerons announced today that its CEO Andrew Weeks has resigned to pursue a new opportunity in the wine industry. Australian Vignerons thanks Andrew for his commitment to the national peak body working on behalf of growers and makers of wine and wishes him all the best in his new appointment. Jo Andrew, the Chair of Australian Vignerons will assume the role of Executive Chair effective on the 1st May 2018 while the Board searches for a suitable successor.
Australian Vignerons (AV) was formed in order to address the needs of its members, with a focus on benefit to the entire wine sector. That focus is unchanged and consistent with the optimism of improving fortunes for all in the wine sector, AV remains committed to working for the benefit of its member vignerons across the nation.
AV Chair Jo Andrew said “Our members are adamant that having an effective national body is absolutely necessary, and they have given positive feedback on the work that we are doing with limited resources. That commitment will continue, as will our focus on building collaboration with national wine sector bodies to deliver outcomes on behalf of our members as efficiently as possible.”
The Board will work closely with AV members to ensure that the national advocacy, fulfilment of biosecurity tasks and collaboration with other industry bodies is strengthened.
For any questions please call the Australian Vignerons office on 08 8133 4404 or Jo Andrew on 08 8414 3454.
Congratulations to former Chairman of Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA), Vic Patrick, who was recognised in the Australia Day Honours with an Order of Australia Medal in the General Division (OAM) for services to the South Australian wine industry. Vic served as Chairman of WGGA, an Executive Committee Member on WGGA and the Wine Grape Council of South Australia, and has worked in the wine industry in the South East of SA for many years.
Congratulations also to other wine industry recipients including WFA Board member Colin Campbell (OAM) of Campbells’ Wines of Rutherglen, for services to the Australian Wine industry; and Serafino Maglieri (AM), for services to the Italian Community as as a winemaker.