New organic pesticide against rot (bytritis)

UK research company Eden Research has developed an organic pesticide, called 3AEY. The product has now been approved for sale in the EU. 3AEY is made of tea tree oil and lemon juice and is said to be effective against rot. The product has so far been found to have the same protection as conventional synthetic products. Another advantage is that 3AEY is harmless to bees, which is not the case for all organic pesticides.

Grey rot, called botrytis cinerea in Latin, is one of the big problems in the vineyards. For organic wine growers there are few pesticides to use for the moment. But experiments are being carried out with, for instance, citrus extracts. Preventive measures in the vineyards are still indispensable to cope with the rot.

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Grape bunch attacked by grey rot

Grape bunch attacked by grey rot, copyright BKWine Photography

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