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How Pheromones Are Saving Argentina’s Wine Industry

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How Insect Sex Pheromones Are Saving Argentina’s Wine Industry
Photo: Argentinian vineyards are spraying a liquid, non-toxic pheromone called SPLAT Lobesia on their vines to stop grapevine moths from reproducing. Photography courtesy of ISCA Inc. Article by . Modern Farmer – April 10, 2021.

The grapevine moth flocked to South American vineyards more than a decade ago. Now, wineries are utilizing a sustainable method of mating disruption to get rid of them.

In 2008, a new pest appeared in South American vineyards for the first time. The European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana, was detected in Chile and soon after spread to Argentina, where it affected at least 30 percent of vineyards. […]

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