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Virus surveys of commercial vineyards show value of planting certified vines

  • Author(s): Arnold, Kari
  • McRoberts, Neil
  • Cooper, Monica
  • Smith, Rhonda J
  • Golino, Deborah A
  • et al.

Viruses are of great concern in vineyards. They cost the California wine grape industry as much as $91,661 per acre over the life of a vineyard, according to a 2015 economic study of the North Coast wine-growing region. As a first step toward managing viruses, growers are encouraged to plant certified material regulated by the California Grapevine Registration and Certification program. There are risks in sourcing plant material from stocks that are not subject to the same level of regulation. We surveyed vineyards of varying ages for eight common viruses to demonstrate the value of selecting certified material for new plantings.

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