British wine is experiencing a renaissance with many opportunities in the West Country, but botrytis remains a big issue for growers – and large gaps exist in the industry’s understanding of how to combat it.
A study at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall is putting fungal pathogens and microclimate manipulation under the spotlight.
Collaborating with vineyards, academics hope to throw new light on the disease, opening the door on higher grape yields and reductions in inputs.
Using cloches in vineyards, they’re investigating the temperature-humidity interaction which strongly influences the risk of fungal pathogens, focusing on the use, application and compatibility of technical and biological interventions.
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