AUSTRALIA: Australian wine on alert to disease disaster

By Chris Brook-Carter | 25 July 2001

Australia's winemakers are on alert this week after a wind borne disease with the ability to wreak havoc on the country's A$3.6bn wine industry was discovered in a Darwin backyard. According to local reports, a quarantine officer discovered the small yellow pustules of grapevine leaf rust on vines in a friend's garden in Darwin. The discovery prompted a nationwide telephone conference between 30 leading government and industry figures on Monday.

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Australia's winemakers are on alert this week after a wind borne disease with the ability to wreak havoc on the country's A$3.6bn wine industry was discovered in a Darwin backyard. According to local reports, a quarantine officer discovered the small yellow pustules of grapevine leaf rust on vines in a friend's garden in Darwin. The discovery prompted a nationwide telephone conference between 30 leading government and industry figures on Monday.

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