Vine disease specialist leads workshop at the CRI

Dr. Judit Monis was invited to Chile to guide this activity, organized by Consorcio I + D Vinos de Chile, which took place in the Center for Research and Innovation of Viña Concha y Toro.

From California, United States, Dr. Judit Monis traveled to dictate the workshop “Improvement of the vineyard and in-site protocols to prevent the propagation and transmission of viruses, bacteria and diseases in vines”.

The workshop, held on April 6 at Concha y Toro´s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI), brought together around 40 guests, ranging from industry experts to students of the Winemaking Technician course at the Technical Training Center San Agustín de Talca.

The activity started with Dr. Monis´ exhibition. She has a Ph.D. in Phytopathology and is an international consultant in vineyard disease issues. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the specialist, who explained about the diseases that affect the different varieties of the vines.

Later, the group moved to CRI´s vineyards, where they could analyze the protocols that lead to a healthier handling of the vine, that is, free of viruses, bacteria and fungi responsible for diseases of the wood.

International visit in a local context

“The workshop was very positive, since it complemented what we are doing in the CRI on this subject”, says Felipe Gainza, Researcher in Molecular Biology. In this sense, the Dr. Monis´ presentation shed light on the management of the vineyard in a context of climate change, which presents the challenge of working with plant material free of pathogens, how to keep them clean and how to prevent the spread of diseases.

On the other hand, Álvaro González, Sub Manager R & D, highlighted the joint effort of the CRI and the consortium to hold the workshop. “The activities in collaboration with Consorcio I + D Vinos de Chile offer us the opportunity to raise an alternative agenda to that of the Metropolitan Region, connecting technicians and professionals of the national industry with current issues of interest in the Maule Region”, he explains.