French wine under threat from wood disease

Wine grapes under threat.

Wine grapes under threat. Image by Peter Hastings / CC BY-SA 2.0

Winegrowers in France are facing the threat of wood decay disease ruining their vines after a successful 2014 crop so far. Three types of fungi are the cause for the spread of the disease, which attack the vines, and it’s now affecting 12% of all of the vines in the country’s wine-growing regions. Experts are likening it to the disease responsible for the decimation of French vineyards at the end of the 19th century and there is no solution in sight. Read more: independent.co.uk

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