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Pinpointing Grapevine Virus Diseases

Visual field diagnosis of grapevine diseases is important, but ultimately the grower should rely on laboratory tests to rule out infection or pinpoint the disease causal agent.
Nov 2005 Issue of Wine Business Monthly
Growers should be on the lookout for disease-causing agents or pathogens that can decrease the quality of planting material. Planted vineyards can harbor different types of pathogens: fungal, bacterial and viral. This is the first of a series of articles describing grapevine diseases. In this article, important grapevine diseases caused by viruses that are best detected in the fall by laboratory methods are reviewed. The most common laboratory methods for virus detection or diagnostics are des...
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