AI camera to help spot the best grapes for making pesticide-free wine | Innovation

A waxiness on grapes can protect them from the fungus

A waxiness on grapes can protect them from the fungus

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A combination of AI and photography is helping wine makers keep their grapes free of disease.

Botrytis cinerea is a fungus—also known as grey rot—which has spores that pierce and infect wine grapes, causing them to shrivel and sweeten. It can add complexity and longevity to sweet wines, like Sauternes; in these cases it is known as “Noble Rot”.

But it is a problem for producers of dry reds, for example, causing widespread losses of harvest in many …

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