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Voice of the Vine – July 2015

Posted by | July 28, 2015

Fungal growth on discolored, cankered wood sample.Identifying grapevine fungi may help fight trunk diseases

Researchers at Washington State University have documented seven fungal species that cause cankers in grapevines. Fungi infect the wood of grapevine trunks (or cordons) through pruning wounds, resulting in cankers that enlarge over time and ultimately kill the plant. These new findings could reduce the incidence of grapevine trunk disease in Washington vineyards by preventing the problem before it becomes widespread.

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