Of the pests and diseases endemic to Australia, our greatest biosecurity threat is Grape phylloxera (Daktulsphaira vitifoliae). This tiny insect pest destroys vines by feeding on their roots.

For more general information about grape phylloxera, click on the factsheet above.

There have been several hundred genetic strains of phylloxera documented worldwide, with Australia identifying 83 endemic strains. Click here for more on strains.

To find out more about our current ‘DNA testing for early and accurate detection’ project, click here.

Featured photo courtesy of Agriculture Victoria (Rutherglen)