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Completed Projects

Enhancing Decision Making Capabilities for Riverland Growers – Know Your Numbers Know Your Risks

  • Date Completed: 2014-09-30
  • Project Supervisor: Byrne, Mr Chris

A new web-based program, Know Your Numbers, Know Your Risks (KY#), was developed and launched to Riverland growers on the Riverland Wine internet portal. This program supersedes other tools available to the sector, to benchmark vineyard inputs and costs, and assess economic viability of businesses. The program supports growers’ decisions on profitability for their whole farm, varieties and individual patches using a simple input process of readily available information. It delivers a meaningful, true net farm profit or loss figure, not distorted by cash flow or tax considerations, and contains costs and income matched to a specific crop year.

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Attendance and presentation at the 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014

  • Date Completed: 2014-08-23
  • Project Supervisor: Fuentes, Dr Sigfredo

Latest work lead by Dr Fuentes with collaborations with colleagues in Australia and Chile was presented at the 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014. Specifically, four oral presentations and one poster were delivered in the following symposia: • Two oral presentations at the Sustaining Lives, sub-section: Water Scarcity, Salinisation & Plant Water Relations for Optimal Production and Quality; • One oral presentation to the Production and Supply Chain symposia:sub-section: Education, Research Training & Consultancy; • One oral presentation to the Sustaining Livelihoods, sub-section 4thInternational Symposium on Tropical Wines & International Symposium on Grape and Wine Production in Diverse Regions; • One poster in the posters section with five minutes oral presentation.

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Attendance at the XXVllth International Conference on Polyphenols and 8th Tannin Conference

  • Date Completed: 2014-09-12
  • Project Supervisor: Sparrow, Ms Angela

This report provides a summary of the XXVIIth International Conference on Polyphenols, jointly hosted with the 8th Tannin Conference held in Nagoya, Japan from 2 to 6 September 2014 and the outcomes of attendance at this event by Angela Sparrow, a fourth year PhD candidate from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture at the University of Tasmania

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Continuous Improvement (CI) and its application to Australian Viticulture – The study of CI management philosophies and their value in Australian viticulture

  • Date Completed: 2013-09-30
  • Project Supervisor: Sharman, Mr Stuart

The objective of this report is to explore the use of Cl management philosophies, within the global viticultural and agricultural scene and to determine the effectiveness of these approaches and its suitability to Australian viticultural management. This objective will be achieved by observing primary producers actively using Cl management techniques and by observing other sectors of the economy using Cl. Other sectors of the economy will be observed to understand successful adoption strategies that are applicable to Australian viticulture. Recordings of the observations will be reviewed with reference to Australian viticultural practices and practical recommendations will be conveyed to the reader with examples and recommendations suitable to Australian viticulture.

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Attendance and oral presentation at the 2014 Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology meeting

  • Date Completed: 2014-07-27
  • Project Supervisor: Liccioli, Dr Tommaso

Dr. Tommaso Liccioli, is a research associate at the University of Adelaide (UoA), Department of Wine Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (WMMB), who currently works on a Wine Australia funded project named “Fit-for-Purpose Yeast and Bacteria via Direct Evolution” (UA 1302). Dr. Liccioli attended the 2014 Meeting of the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology in St Louis, MO (USA). This year attendance was of 600 and more scientists and industry related people from all around the world. Dr. Liccioli was invited to give an oral presentation on a topic he has been working and specialized over the past few years: scaling up fermentations volume for successful deployment of novel yeast strains to the wine industry. The conference committee invited Dr. Liccioli after reading one of his publications named “Microvinification – How small can we go?”. This article was written as result of a previous Wine Australia funded project (UA 05/05). During the conference, Dr. Liccioli delivered a 30 minutes talk entitled: “Hide and seek: improved microbial strains vs. scientists”. His talk generated high interest amongst the audience and Dr. Liccioli had the opportunity to discuss his research and many other related topics with several delegates during the conference.

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Attendance at the 1st International Plant Proteomics Organisation (INPPO) World Congress 2014

  • Date Completed: 2014-06-09
  • Project Supervisor: Ms Iniga George

The purpose of the travel was present my work at the 1th International Plant Proteomics Organization World Congress (INPPO2014) held in at University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz, Hamburg, Germany, from Sunday, August 31st to Thursday, September 4th, 2014. The conference was attended by approximately 200 delegates across 37 different countries. INPPO2014 was hosted by the University of Hamburg. About 25% of the participants were students. Twelve young researchers, including me, were awarded with travel grants. Grantees came from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and South Africa. During the conference, I orally presented my research titled ‘Quantitative Label-free Shotgun Proteomic Analysis of a Red Grapevine Variety Exposed to Hot and Cold Temperature Stresses’. My oral presentation highlighted the proteomic changes seen in a red grapevine variety called Cabernet Sauvignon exposed to two heat and two cold stresses. Oral sessions were well patronized and I received helpful feedback and comments from the delegates who attended the conference. The conference provided very useful insights into my current research. My principal supervisor, Prof. Paul Haynes is one of the founding members of the INPPO and this was an added advantage of my attendance at the conference. Attending the conference gave me an opportunity to meet and discuss my work with several researchers from all over the world who work on plant proteomics, thus exposing my research project to an international forum.

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Managing Vineyards for Quality and Profitability

  • Date Completed: 2014-01-08
  • Project Supervisor: Petrie, Dr Paul

The ASVO organises and conducts seminars on specialised topics to promote education in viticulture and oenology and help ensure and maintain the highest standards of quality for such educational objectives.
The purpose of inviting international scholars to Australia was to allow them to interact with researchers and industry and to present at the seminar in Mildura. Their visit was intended to give an international perspective and compliment a local programme of science and application in process efficiency and vineyard profitability.
The aim of the Mildura seminar was to present some of the latest viticultural and winemaking research findings, as well as some new and existing techniques and management options that could help.
Growers to improve fruit quality and vineyard profitability at all production price points. This is a key component in improving the profitability of winegrape production in Australia.

This report summarises the activities and key out comes arising from the visit by the two international scholars, in particular it summarises the conference presentations given to the Australian wine Industry at the Mildura seminar.

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Leadership Development in the Wine Industry (Future Leaders)

  • Date Completed: 2014-06-30
  • Project Supervisor: Mclaren, Yvonne

The Future Leaders program is an initiative of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Wine Australia Corporation, Grape Wine Research Development Corporation and Wine Grape Growers Australia. The founding partner is Australia’s Wine Business Magazine.

The purpose of the program is to further develop leadership talent within the wine industry and ensure that the next generation of leaders can continue to develop the industry’s network.

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Cellar Doors and So Much More

  • Date Completed: 2014-03-03
  • Project Supervisor: Orth, Professor Ulrich

Prof Orth is an internationally successful researcher in the areas of ethics and retail design. Prof Orth conducted a series of regional (SA) industry and academic workshops focused on effectively managing Customer touch-points from wine packaging and label styles to cellar door atmospherics. Importantly he also participated in a number of ‘short’ interviews providing brief insights into these areas (see Wine Australia website). He also engaged with research colleagues at the UoA Business School, the Waite campus and UniSA, where he is also collaborating on Wine Australia funded projects in addition to mentoring PhD and other higher research degree students.

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