Sexual confusion in Valdadige

sexual confusion english version abstract and translation by Egle Capilupi – The Adige Valley in the province of Verona, as well as Trentino and Valpolicella, have embraced the green technique of “sexual confusion” in order to defeat the “Lobesia Botrana”. This is an insect affecting grape varieties with compact bunches like pinot grigio, pinot bianco and pinot nero. The “Lobesia” is mainly responsible for mould like Botrytis, damaging  the harvest and grape quality every year.
The traditional methods used in the vineyards to fight this insect includes chemical products, whose residuals, even if used in limited quantities, are dangerous for health as well as for the environment.
Today Valdadige is following the example of Trentino and this technique seems to be appreciated by many producers in the area.
The purpose is to avoid the mating of this insect by spreading a phoromone aroma totally similar to the one which is naturally produced by the female insect into the vineyard. This makes it difficult for the male to distinguish the real sexual drive from the artificial one, reducing the opportunity for mating.
This method, allowing to reduce the use of chemical products, has been already experimented in Trentino for ten years and is being used in Valpolicella and in other Italian regions as well.

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