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Disease and Pest Management in Viticulture

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Viticulture, or the cultivation of grapes, is a sector of great economic, cultural, and social importance worldwide. Nowadays, the total grape production area is about 8 million ha. Grapes are used for winemaking (57%), table grapes (36%), or dried to produce raisins (7%). Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is susceptible to several pests and diseases that cause substantial crop losses, reducing fruit quality and the longevity of vines. Downy mildew, powdery mildew, and gray mold are among the most destructive and economically important diseases in vineyards and are typically controlled by the intensive application of fungicides. Grapevine trunk diseases have become a major factor in the ability to grow vines in some areas of the world and can only be controlled by high-cost cultural practices. Various pests are affecting grape production and require the frequent use of insecticides, especially in table grape production.

The intensive use of pesticides in grape production is not only costly but also has environmental and health impacts and fungicide resistance develops rapidly under the current regime. Moreover, climate change will impact the incidence and spread of pests and diseases, leading to increased use of pesticides in vineyards. There is a growing demand for more sustainable vineyard management and a need to make grapevines more resilient to pests and diseases. This can only be achieved by integrated pest and disease management approaches.

The focus in this Research Topic is on different strategies and tools that can be used in integrated pest and disease management approaches, such as prevention practices, early detection and monitoring, and innovative direct control strategies. Reviews, Original Research, Methods and Perspectives, and Opinion articles are all welcome for submission. Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

• Understanding plant-pathogen and plant-pest interactions for improved disease management
• Prevention practices/Cultural practices for plant health, resilience, and biodiversity in vineyards
 • Cover crops, intercropping, service plants to improve vineyard sustainability
 • Soil fertility
 • Maintenance of vineyards
 • Organic vineyards
 • Functional microbial diversity
 • Management approaches in nurseries
• Breeding for disease and pest resistance
 • Biotechnological approaches
 • Quantitative resistance
• Detection and monitoring
 • Rapid methods for detection and diagnosis of pathogen and pests
 • GIS applications for disease management – spatial epidemiology
 • Forecasting and decision support systems
• Control of pests and diseases
 • Chemical control/resistance management of pathogens and pests
 • Biological control
 • Agrotechnical approaches
 • Modulation of the environment
 • Biotechnological approaches
 • Interference with pathogen virulence factors and effectors
• Economic aspects of pest and disease management


Keywords: viticulture, grapevine, pests, diseases, integrated pest management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Viticulture, or the cultivation of grapes, is a sector of great economic, cultural, and social importance worldwide. Nowadays, the total grape production area is about 8 million ha. Grapes are used for winemaking (57%), table grapes (36%), or dried to produce raisins (7%). Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is susceptible to several pests and diseases that cause substantial crop losses, reducing fruit quality and the longevity of vines. Downy mildew, powdery mildew, and gray mold are among the most destructive and economically important diseases in vineyards and are typically controlled by the intensive application of fungicides. Grapevine trunk diseases have become a major factor in the ability to grow vines in some areas of the world and can only be controlled by high-cost cultural practices. Various pests are affecting grape production and require the frequent use of insecticides, especially in table grape production.

The intensive use of pesticides in grape production is not only costly but also has environmental and health impacts and fungicide resistance develops rapidly under the current regime. Moreover, climate change will impact the incidence and spread of pests and diseases, leading to increased use of pesticides in vineyards. There is a growing demand for more sustainable vineyard management and a need to make grapevines more resilient to pests and diseases. This can only be achieved by integrated pest and disease management approaches.

The focus in this Research Topic is on different strategies and tools that can be used in integrated pest and disease management approaches, such as prevention practices, early detection and monitoring, and innovative direct control strategies. Reviews, Original Research, Methods and Perspectives, and Opinion articles are all welcome for submission. Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

• Understanding plant-pathogen and plant-pest interactions for improved disease management
• Prevention practices/Cultural practices for plant health, resilience, and biodiversity in vineyards
 • Cover crops, intercropping, service plants to improve vineyard sustainability
 • Soil fertility
 • Maintenance of vineyards
 • Organic vineyards
 • Functional microbial diversity
 • Management approaches in nurseries
• Breeding for disease and pest resistance
 • Biotechnological approaches
 • Quantitative resistance
• Detection and monitoring
 • Rapid methods for detection and diagnosis of pathogen and pests
 • GIS applications for disease management – spatial epidemiology
 • Forecasting and decision support systems
• Control of pests and diseases
 • Chemical control/resistance management of pathogens and pests
 • Biological control
 • Agrotechnical approaches
 • Modulation of the environment
 • Biotechnological approaches
 • Interference with pathogen virulence factors and effectors
• Economic aspects of pest and disease management


Keywords: viticulture, grapevine, pests, diseases, integrated pest management


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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