OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU researchers take to the skies to protect vineyards

Wednesday at the vineyard near Amity, Wing and Garms were surveying a field where the grapevines had been infected with red blotch disease, a viral infection that hampers fruit production. Wing said the flight was the fourth in a series of five monthly flyovers at the field where he and Garms were using an infrared camera to look for the disease. Wing said that they are testing whether the infrared camera can detect the disease earlier, because the cameras can see shades of red on the grapevine leaves that the human eye cannot see.