Fighting esca and eutypiose, the “phylloxera” of our time

Some of the worst problems in the vineyards right now are esca and eutypiose, fungal diseases that affect the wood of the vine. There are no pesticides available since toxic sodium arsenite was banned some 15 years ago. But the company Bayer now believes that their product Esquive may be of a certain help to the wine growers.

Several years of experimenting with Esquive have shown that if you protect the cut surfaces with Esquive during the winter pruning, a certain amount of the vines that are not yet affected by the diseases will be rescued. Esquive consists of the fungus Trichoderma atroviride and can, according to Bayer, also be used by organic growers.

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis, copyright BKWine Photography

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