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Identifying grapevine fungus may help fight disease

From WSU News, By Erika Holmes, Viticulture & Enology

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Graduate Student
Leslie A. Holland

Researchers at Washington State University have documented seven fungal species that cause cankers in grapevines. These new findings could reduce the incidence of grapevine trunk disease in Washington vineyards by preventing the problem before it becomes widespread.

Fungi infect the wood of grapevine trunks (or cordons) through pruning wounds, resulting in cankers that enlarge over time and ulimately kill the plant.

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