In this article:

DNA fingerprinting offers unequivocal identification of all living material from small samples of tissue, irrespective of the influences of cultural practices, climatic and geographical conditions, age or condition of the organism.

The article argues this technology should be developed immediately in Australia for the benefit of horticultural industries in general, and for the grape industry in particular.

The process of DNA fingerprinting and its advantages over traditional identification techniques is described.

The value of DNA fingerprinting in the protection of variety rights, quarantine services and avoiding product substitution are discussed.

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