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Vine mites

Vine plants are commonly grown; the specimens of this genus, however, could be attacked by pathologies that, in some cases, also lead to the loss of the crop and in extreme cases to the death of the plants. The diseases that cause the most damage are usually grape downy mildew, powdery mildew or botrytis. In addition to these diseases, the plant could also be infested with insects and parasites which feed on vital parts and cause their weakening. Widespread and difficult to treat parasites could be vine mites. These arachnids are capable of infesting plants and feeding on the plant's nutrients could produce serious damage to production. The main types of mites that infest the vines could be: Tetranychus urticae, Panonychus ulmi, Eotetranychus carpini-vitis, Calepitrimerus vitis and Calomerus vitis.


Calepitrimerus vitis

Calepitrimerus vitis are parasites that are capable of producing a spring acariosis. In the presence of the pathology, the buds could open late, subsequently producing shoots that are not completely formed and with small leaves. If the infestation is widespread, there could be a blockage of the vegetation, the lack of production of bunches, the formation of tendrils and with leaves that darken quickly and fall prematurely. In the event that secondary buds develop, there would be a bushy appearance of the plant. One could intervene with specific acaricides, absolutely to avoid the generic ones that would produce damage even to positive mites for the plant. It would also be possible to use oils to be sprayed on the leaves in order to cause a suffocation of the mites.

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