Evaluation of Viruses - project update from Activity 4A, July 2020
This comprehensive 114-page guide, available as a free download in English and French, was created in a field-sized format to help growers identify the pests in their vineyards and make informed decisions about how to best protect their grapes. Better understanding the numerous beneficial insects present in the vineyard will enable them to produce grapes sustainably and reduce their reliance on chemical interventions.
Sudarsana Poojari of CCOVI and Jill Page of CGCN presented an update on Grapevine Virus at the 2019 Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show.
PhD candidate Elizabeth Cieniewicz and plant pathology Professor Marc Fuchs discuss their research looking at the virus associated with Red Blotch Disease, how it spreads among vines, and the implications for management.
Typical symptoms of Leafroll disease in red cultivars include red-purple discoloration, and rolling backwards of the leaves. In white varietals, this is not as prevalent, although can sometimes be seen closer to the end of the growing season.