A real and ever present threat to grape vines is Phylloxera, an insect that can devastate a commercial grapevine and is transferable between vines. The Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association (MVPA) and Agriculture Victoria today announced that they are taking steps to protect the local wine industry from Phylloxera by using the Snap Send Solve platform.

Agriculture Victoria is calling upon residents to assist in the identification of amenity vines in the Mornington Peninsula, in an effort to help protect the region’s valuable wine industry from biosecurity threats. Amenity vines are vines generally located in households or public places for decorative purposes. One of the difficult elements of surveying these Amenity vines is discovering their location.

As simple to use as its name suggests, Snap Send Solve allows anyone that discovers an Amenity vine, to report the location directly to Agriculture Victoria so they can undertake an inspection. Snap Send Solve has been around for a while with local councils using the platform to allow residents to report issues that require repair in the local community such as cracked footpaths.