Sooty mould refers to a fungal infection where all parts of the vine can become blackened, as though they are covered with a layer of soot. The sooty mould fungi colonise areas of the vine where ‘honeydew’ has been excreted by sap-sucking insects such as scale and mealybug.
- Wine Australia’s resources on grapevine scale and sooty mould
- Sooty mould red winemaking trial (AWRI webinar 30 November 2017)
- Managing scale in vineyards (AWRI webinar 9 June 2015)
- Ask the AWRI: Sooty mould (PDF article)
- Sooty mould trial update – sensory testing after two years (Technical Review article June 2019)