GWRDC receives $600,000 Australian Government grant for climate change research

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) has secured a $600,000 grant to fund critical climate change research into ‘Cost-effective viticultural strategies to adapt to a warmer, drier climate’.

The grant, under the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Filling the Research Gap program, will support the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) to conduct the research.

The project will produce a toolbox of viticultural adaptation management options for a hotter and drier vineyard environment and identify innovative viticultural strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

‘GWRDC are investing an additional $800,000 to this project, a commitment to climate change research that will ensure that the Australian grape and wine sector is prepared for changing climate conditions and is armed with effective adaptation strategies,’ said GWRDC Executive Director Dr Stuart Thomson.

‘SARDI’s project aligns with the Australian Government’s National Research priority of an environmentally sustainable Australia and the outcomes will allow us to extend adaptation management tools that support a competitive Australian wine sector,’ said Dr Thomson.

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, announced that 31 projects will share $30 million under the Government’s the Filling the Research Gap program, which funds research that will assist in developing methods that can be applied by farmers and landholders to reduce emissions, improve farm sustainability and diversify farm income.

For more information about the Filling the Research Gap Program and successful grant recipients visit the DAFF website.