Grapevine flavescence dorée
In the 1950s, INRA led the way in the identification of the agent and insect vector of flavescence dorée. Now, it has made significant advances in understanding the biology of these organisms. New findings have enabled the development of a specific detection test for the disease and have opened the way for new, non-insecticide methods to control it. At present, flavescence dorée cannot be cured: it can only be treated by uprooting infected vines, management of grapevine nurseries and insecticide control of the vector.