Smartphone app recruited to keep vineyards in the Yarra Valley bug-free

Yarra Valley winery
Yarra Valley winery

Agriculture Victoria has brought in Australian app Snap Send Solve to help Yarra Valley wine growers, track insects and protect commercial vineyards from devastating damage. 

The free app will help monitor commercial vineyards, allowing vine-growers to report suspect infestations of phylloxera — an insect that feeds primarily on the roots and sometimes the leaves of grapevines — to Agriculture Victoria for testing and on-farm management.

The move follows the use of Snap Send Solve in the Mornington Peninsula. Agriculture Victoria used the app as a tool for community members to report Amenity grapevines (vines used for decorative purposes), with suspected insect infestation as part of the “Phylloxera Stop the Spread!” testing program.

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