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Grafting technique takes aim at blight of the wine industry

Agriculture

Grafting technique takes aim at blight of the wine industry

It’s the often-invisible virus that lowers vineyard yields and affects wine quality, making it arguably the most economically damaging threat to the New Zealand wine industry. Now, a world first indicator grafting technique developed by Mission Estate viticulturist Caine Thompson and Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the University of Pretoria, South Africa could identify leaf roll virus in white varieties before it takes hold.