New research out of B.C. has identified two types of fungus that protect against grapevine trunk disease, which is good news for the local wine industry.
Trunk disease is a fungus itself that spreads primarily through pruning wounds and causes plants to decay. It can be a costly problem for grape growers if it spreads and knocks out other plants before it can be brought under control, which often involves using chemicals.
But this discovery would mean growers would have a natural solution to what Hans Buchler says is an increasing problem.
Buchler has been growing grapes in Oliver, B.C., also known as Canada’s Wine Capital, for 40 years.
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