The esca of grapevine is a syndrome caused by the action of various fungi, which attack the wood of the host plant and cause major damage to the vineyard. The disease is now widespread in most of the world’s wine-growing areas, causing significant economic losses. In the past this disease seemed to affect only the oldest vines, but in recent years its presence has increased alarmingly, especially in young plants.
The book “The Esca’s lives,” edited by Lorenza authors Michelon, Chiara Pellegrini and Ilaria Pertot, aims to provide information and advice to the grower time to recognize the disease and, in the absence of an effective fungicide, implement measures like condoms to prevent the possible spread in the field.
The booklet comes from the experience gained by the Center SafeCrop during MESVIT interregional research project, a project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry by Arsia (Regional Agency for Development and Innovation in Agriculture and Forestry in the Region Tuscany). The project team includes several research units, distributed throughout the Italian territory (14 regions and the Autonomous Province of Trento) to provide answers to many questions still open on the development of the disease, to prepare protocols for early diagnosis and to develop defense strategies effective and low environmental impact.