De Moesel wordt bedreigt door een virus. De wijngaarden dan tenminste. De potentiele schade kan enorm zijn voor de gebieden Mosel, Mittelrhein en Württemberg.
Black wood disease spreads to less steep terrain
The dreaded black wood disease, which so far has occurred mainly on steep slopes along the Mosel, has found new host plants, and has spread to less steep terrain. The potential for damage is enormous.
The carrier of the disease, a type of cicada that prefers warm environments, is apparently spreading to stinging nettles, and thus laying a groundstock for a further spread of the disease. In recent months, the disease has also spread to less steep terrain in several German wine-growing areas. The areas particularly affected are the Mosel, Mittelrhein and Württemberg.
Although the vines themselves are at present not infected with the disease to an increased degree, experts have warned all concerned to be cautious and vigilant – and to persist in the battle against stinging nettles. The bacteria cause the vine shoots to turn black and then die off.