BRAT now available online

A new tool is set to help the wine industry more accurately train staff to make visual estimates about the severity of bunch rot among the vines. The Bunch Rot Assessment Trainer or BRAT  is a Visual Estimation Tool (VET) developed by research staff in our Disease Risk Management Team, part of the Pathology & Applied Mycology Group.

“Visual estimates are an important function in the vineyard” says BRAT developer Gareth Hill. “Vineyard staff are routinely making estimates about parameters such as bunch exposure, bunch compactness and leaf colour; parameters that would be difficult or costly to do by other methods”.