The Vineyard of The Future: Radio Interview Professor Steve Tyerman

Posted: September 24, 2014 by vineyardofthefuture in Uncategorized

From ABC – Rural

A project at Adelaide University will help prepare grape growers for the way climate change might affect their vines.

Called the Vineyard of the Future, the one-hectare vineyard at the University’s Waite campus will use sensors to measure vine performance under changing conditions.

Professor Steve Tyerman says the vineyard will be a test bed for technologies for growers.

“We’re talking about using imaging techniques, and special sensors that are on the vines to tell us what they’re actually up to, and how much water they’re using, how much photosynthesis is occurring.

“This could all be transmitted back to a central control point where somebody could be sitting at a computer screen, and checking on different blocks.”

Professor Tyerman sees the impact that the adoption of these technologies might have on the viticulture industry as analogous to what’s going on in the mining sector.

“In the mining industry, there’s enormous trucks carrying ore, and some companies are talking about having remote drivers in an office in Perth,” he said.

“They’re doing that now in the mining industry, and we should be thinking about that in viticulture.”

Professor Tyerman says having all this information will make grape growers better decision makers.

It will also allow them to respond quickly to extreme weather events that may spoil the wine.




Link to full article:Research Gate: Sigfredo Fuentes



Flight of the Viticopter (VoF – The University of Melbourne)

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Pilot: Jeff Hollingworth

Place: Dookie Campus (UoM)

Date: 31st July 2014



By: Sigfredo Fuentes

As the effects of climate change on Australian agriculture become more apparent, the importance of monitoring changing weather conditions and their diverse impacts will grow to paramount importance. Flexible and scalable processes for data analysis and modelling, particularly image and sensor data, are an essential part of how we monitor and respond to our changing environment. But more than that, we must foster a new generation of scientists and engineers who possess not only the technical skills to analyse this data, but the critical thinking and innovative aptitude to turn it into more sustainable outcomes for our economies, communities, and the entire planet.    Full Article: ea Magazinei-mk8

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The Vineyard of the Future initiative is a multinational project that aims to establish a fully instrumented vineyard using wireless connectivity and automated data gathering and analysis. It also aims to be a test-bed for new technology and a trial site for investigating the potential effects of climate change on viticulture in Australia, Chile, US and Spain. Researchers involved with the project have been developing an infrared scanner to assess plant water status at a fraction of the cost of infrared cameras and with the same comparable results.



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This document was prepared by The University of Melbourne as part of its flagship innovation initiative, Carlton Connect ( An expert, strategic advisory committee, which contributed towards the methodology and content of this Blueprint, included representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Geosciences Australia, the National Water Commission and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. The Murray Darling Basin Authority was also consulted as part of the process. However, the views expressed herein are the views of the University of Melbourne based on the consultation process and are not a reflection of any official policy or consensus amongst these organisations.

A Research and Development Advisory Committee provided many contributions to this report. This group included: Dr Margaret Ayre, Professor Snow Barlow, Dr Brian Cook, Dr Bob Farquharson, Dr Sigfredo Fuentes, Professor Lee Godden, Professor David Karoly, Professor John Langford, Dr Veronika Nemes, Associate Professor Ruth Nettle,
Dr Murray Peel, Dr Vincent Pettigrove, Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Dr Dongryeol Ryu, Dr Khusro Saleem, Professor Peter Scales, Dr Dominic Skinner, Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh, Associate Professor Michael Stewardson, Dr Angus Webb, Professor Andrew Western and Associate Professor Erik Weyer.

The project team would like to sincerely thank those that readily gave their time to participate in online surveys and workshops.

An appropriate citation for this publication is:
Stewardson M.J., D. Skinner, M. Ayre, S. Barlow, B. Cook, B. Farquharson, S. Fuentes, L. Godden, D. Karoly,
J. Langford, V. Nemes, R. Nettle, M. Peel, V. Pettigrove, I. Rutherfurd, D. Ryu, K. Saleem, P. Scales, M.K. Soltanieh, A. Webb, A. Western, E. Weyer. 2014. Water Productivity Blueprint. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.