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N°196 / February 2016

Fighting Flavescence Dorée together, vine by vine, in the Bourgogne wine region ©BIVB/A. IBANEZ

Fighting flavescence dorée with exemplary and sustainable action and coordination


A strategy of sustainable development has several aims: To preserve the environment and ensure the economic continuity of companies, whilst taking into account what is at stake in terms employment and the territory, as well as societal expectations. This all may seem tough to manage as part of a compulsory fight against a disease such as flavescence dorée, but the Bourgogne winegrowing region is united in the face of this challenge.

The Bourgogne wine region was first hit by this scourge in 2012, and reacted immediately, adopting a coordinated regional strategy to fight back. All technical and industry structures came together to offer their various skills with the dual aim of containing the disease until it can be eradicated from the region, while managing to have orders to use pesticides withdrawn.

This coordination has paid off and the Bourgogne wine region is now able to revise its strategy to contain the disease whilst keeping chemical treatments to a strict minimum. This success is due to the commitment of the entire industry. The strategy adopted here is even being used as a reference in other affected winegrowing regions.

In 2015, the involvement of professionals in the sector who helped check the region’s vines for disease was even more widespread than in 2014, with 3,500 volunteers. Their efforts bore fruit and meant that the use of chemical treatments could be reduced even further in comparison to the 2014 campaign, down 95% in the Côte-d’Or and down 54% in Saône-et-Loire, where the disease first appeared.

Since the start of our battle against flavescence dorée, the number of incidences of the disease has halved every year, falling from 64 in 2013 to 31 in 2014 and just 17 in 2015. 16 of these cases were in Saône-et-Loire and are, for the most part, leftover from the pockets of disease discovered over the last couple of years in the north of the Mâconnais. More surprising is that there was one single affected vine plant in the Côte-d’Or, in a commune that was previously unaffected, reminding us that there is still a very real threat from this disease, and our commitment to fighting it must continue. The number of communes contaminated went from 26 in 2013 to 10 in 2015.

The results we have obtained underscore the effectiveness of our plans to prevent and combat the disease, introduced in 2013 thanks to the commitment of the industry. But this disease can appear anywhere – two new cases were reported in previously unaffected communes – so our commitment must continue in order to prevent flavescence dorée from spreading and to further reduce the need to use pesticides.

Our action plan for the 2016 campaign is currently in development, and will be announced over the coming weeks.
 

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