Table grapes

The Australian Table Grape Association represents the biosecurity interests of table grape producers and the industry. They are members of Plant Health Australia and signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. Their responsibilities include:

  • biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levels
  • liaising with federal and state governments on trade issues
  • funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives
  • participating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency.

Industry overview

In 2013–14, table grape production was valued at $278 million (LVP). Green, red and blue/ black varieties of table grapes are produced by 1,200 growers in the major growing regions of Sunraysia and the Murray Valley in Victoria, the Riverina in NSW and in south east Queensland.

Annual value of table grape production 2007–14 (LVP)

Table grapes graph

Distribution of table grape production by state and territory 2013–14 (based on LVP)

Table grape pie chart

Viticulture IBPIndustry Biosecurity Plan for the Viticulture Industry

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the viticulture industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to assess current biosecurity practices and future biosecurity needs. Planning identifies procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of pests reaching our borders or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

The Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Viticulture Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans. For a copy, please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email admin@phau.com.au.

Biosecurity Manual for Viticulture IndustryBiosecurity Manual for Viticulture Industry

The Biosecurity Manual for Viticulture Industry contains information to help producers to implement biosecurity on-farm. Manuals usually contain an overview of biosecurity, fact sheets to identify the high priority pests of a crop, tips on crop management, and how to manage people, vehicles and equipment to minimise biosecurity risks. Manuals also contain a biosecurity self-assessment list, and templates to record pest surveillance records and visitors.

More information about on-farm biosecurity for both plant and livestock producers is available from the Farm Biosecurity website.

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Exotic pests (not in Australia)

The following is a list of high priority exotic pests of table grapes. These pests were identified during the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Viticulture Industry in consultation with industry, government and scientists. They have been assessed as high priority pests based on their potential to enter, establish, and spread in Australia (eg environmental factors, host range, vectors) and the cost to industry of control measures.

PHA has a range of fact sheets, contingency plans and diagnostic protocols relevant to these pests. Pest risk review documents are also available for some pests. Please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email admin@phau.com.au for more information.

Endorsed National Diagnostic Protocols are available from the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network webpage.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
American berry moth Polychrosis viteana FS
Black rot Guignardia bidwellii 3 FS DP
Bois noir Candidatus Phytoplasma solani
Carambola fruit fly Bactrocera carambolae FS FS FS FS
Cixiidae planthopper Hyalesthes obsoletus
European grapevine moth Lobesia botrana FS
Flavescence doree Grapevine flavescence doree phytoplasma
Glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca vitripennis FS FS FS FS FS CP DP
Grape mealybug Pseudococcus maritimus FS
Grape phylloxera Daktulosphaira vitifoliae (exotic strains) CP
Oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis 2 FS FS FS FS FS FS
Papaya fruit fly Bactrocera papayae 2 FS FS FS FS
Pierces disease Xylella fastidiosa 2 FS FS FS FS FS CP DP
Spotted-winged drosophila Drosophila suzukii FS FS FS FS
Vine mealybug Planococcus ficus FS

Other pests

The following is a list of documents for other exotic and endemic pests of table grapes. Please note that this is not a complete list of pests: rather it includes pests for which documents exist in the Pest Information Document Database.

Some of the documents presented here are not  tailored to the table grape industry and are included for information only.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Angular leaf scorch Pseudopezicula tetraspora FS
Angular leaf spot Mycosphaerella angulata FS
Bacterial blight of grapevine Xylophilus ampelinus FS
Banana spider mite Tetranychus piercei 4 FS FS
Brown rot Monilinia fructigena 3 FS FS
Cassava spider mite Tetranychus truncatus FS
Citrus blackfly Aleurocanthus woglumi FS
False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta syn Cryptophlebia leucotreta 2 FS CP
Grapevine leaf rust Phakopsora euvitis 3 FS
Grapevine red blotch-associated virus Grapevine red blotch-associated virus FS
Japanese beetle Popillia japonica FS
Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata FS
Omnivorous leaf roller Platynota stultana FS
Orange tortrix Argyrotaenia citrana FS
Pacific spider mite Tetranychus pacificus FS
Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni FS
Raspberry ringspot virus Raspberry ringspot virus (Nepovirus) FS
Rotbrenner Pseudopezicula tracheiphila FS
Strawberry spider mite Tetranychus turkestani FS
Texas root rot Phymatotrichum omnivorum 2 FS FS
Tomato black ring virus Tomato black ring virus (Nepovirus) FS
Turnip moth Agrotis segetum CP
Western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis FS