Southern Crop

Southern Crop

Could This Biological Control Help Save the Wine Industry?

“It is an endemic, chronic problem in the southeastern U.S., where it is the primary factor limiting the development of a grape industry based on the high-quality European-type grapes that are grown in California,” says Dr. Don Hopkins, a plant pathologist with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

 

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