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Get expert answers at AOA Technical Webinars

The AOA’s ongoing program of productivity and profitability webinars has been a huge success, providing industry members with information, learning and discussion about a wide range of timely and relevant topics.

A final series of technical webinars for 2021 is currently underway, with one already held – Olive Oil Storage Issues with Pablo Canamasas – and the next happening at the end of this month.


As with previous webinars in the AOA program, attendance is free to all industry members. Separate registration is needed for each session, with an access link provided via email post-registration.

The format for each event is a one-hour Zoom meeting, comprising a 30-minute presentation following by a 30-minute interactive Q&A session. A virtual one-on-one with leading experts on the subject topic, the session provides plenty of opportunity clarify information or query particular issues.


Pest & Disease Management with Alison Mathews – 31 August, 12.30pm AEST.

This session will be a discussion with WA crop protection specialist Alison Matthews, including a review of the RIRDC Publication 12-019 on Management of Black Scale and Apple Weevil in Olives.

This webinar will cover pest management in olives, focussing on:

  • Black Scale – identification and pest status
  • Apple Weevil (Curculio Beetle) – identification and pest status
  • other significant pests of olives

Presenter: Alison Mathews

Alison Mathews is a research scientist in crop protection within the horticulture section of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), based at Manjimup. She conducts research and extension into crop pests for a range of horticultural crops.

Alison has worked for DPIRD since 2006, working in projects looking at management of dryland salinity, vegetable nutrition and irrigation management, before moving into her current crop protection role. Prior to this, she studied agricultural science at the University of Tasmania and completed her honours in entomology.

Alison is currently working on projects with the avocado and truffle industries, and recently completed projects with the pome fruit and olive industries.

Register here

The final two webinars in the series will be held in late September and early October respectively:

  • Table olive cultivars with Professor Stan Kailis – 28 September, 12.30-1.30pm AEST
  • EVOO storage considerations with Jamie Ayton, NSW DPI – 5 October, 12.30-1.30pm AEST

We’ll provide further details in the September edition of Grove Innovation, or you can find out more and register in advance here.