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Crawling Research

Tiny critters may be the cause of an emerging plant disease

Vineyards of the Midwest may be in danger by an emerging virus. A little bug not normally indigenous to Missouri is being tested to see if it is the culprit. The Grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV) was first discovered in 2004 in a commercial vineyard in Augusta, Missouri. The disease gets its name from typical symptoms including translucent veins on young leaves and a decline of vine vigor. In the advanced stages, the affected vines become dwarfed and bear fewer fruit sets.

‘Weeding Out’ Midwestern Vineyards

Researchers tackle a growing problem to enhance the wine industry

Indulging in a glass of wine seldom conjures images of weeds. For the growing number of Midwestern grape growers cultivating their vineyards, such images come frequently to mind.