The latest plant virus in the California wine industry is red blotch virus which slows grape ripening and changes the flavor of grapes from infected wines. The virus has resulted in lower financial returns for a few growers.
<p>2013-2014 California Association of Pest Control Advisers officers include from left: President Jeremy Briscoe (Certis USA); Vice-President Tim Carpenter (Syngenta LLC); Secretary John McClenahan (McClenahan Pest Control); and Treasurer David Goodrich (Crop Protection Services).</p>
<p>Renee Rianda, left, presents CAPCA’s 2013 Member of the Year award to Dennis Duda, center, Wilbur-Ellis; and the 2013 Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture award to James Bethke, University of California Cooperative Extension.</p>
<p>Enjoying a pose and a smile with “James Bond 007” are, from left: Scott Morehead, Agrian Inc., Fresno, Calif.; Jonathan Battig, Strain Farming Company, Arbuckle, Calif.; Dennis Keough, Sean Connery-James Bond impersonator, Phoenix, Ariz.; plus Mike Huffman and James Johas of the Lyman Group, Galt and Clarksburg, Calif. respectively.</p>
<p>UCCE farm advisor Rhonda Smith says red blotch virus can be mistaken for grapevine leafroll virus.</p>
<p>Red blothch virus in Cabernet Sauvignon leaves. Photo by Rhonda Smith.</p>
<p>A Cabernet Franc vine with red blotch virus. Photo by Monica Cooper.</p>