Dr. Jose Ramon Urbez-Torres, AAFC - From nursery to vineyard: sustainable management of grapevine trunk diseases
Grapevine trunk diseases (GTDs), caused by many different fungi, are considered one of the main biotic factors reducing yields and limiting vineyards’ lifespan worldwide, including British Columbia. This presentation will summarize some of the work conducted during the past few years under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership program funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BCWGC. We will present some of the latest research findings on the epidemiology of these diseases in BC and how this information can be used to implement effective control strategies. The current health status of nursery stock planted in Canada regarding these diseases and the role that both abiotic and biotic stress factors may play on fungal infection and disease development will be presented. Finally, we will provide the latest research results on sustainable management of GTDs in BC, including promising biocontrol agents and pruning techniques that can be implemented to minimize the impact of these devastating diseases.