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Botrytis

Controlling botrytis in New Zealand vineyards

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Botrytis

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Botrytis cinerea, also known as grey mould or bunch rot, is a fungus that affects many plant species, most notably wine grapes. Chemical control of botrytis can costs the wine industry upwards of $15 million each year, and non-chemical controls hold appeal for markets that are placing tighter restrictions on pesticide use.