Skip to main content
Ongoing project

Xylella insect vectors (ST19018)

Key research provider: Wine Australia

What's it all about?

This project is a collaboration between Hort Innovation and Wine Australia through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative, to help safeguard Australia against the potentially catastrophic exotic bacteria Xylella fastidiosa.

It is identifying and assessing insects in Australia that could potentially carry and transfer the bacteria, should it arrive on our shores. Developing an understanding of these potential insect vectors – including their feeding behaviour, population dynamics and range – will build essential knowledge to help in how xylella could be detected and contained in Australia.


This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear, Citrus, Raspberry and Blackberry, Strawberry, Summerfruit and Table Grape Funds