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Scientia Agricola

versão impressa ISSN 0103-9016

Sci. agric. (Piracicaba, Braz.) v.65 n.spe Piracicaba dez. 2008

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-90162008000700010 

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Climatic risk of grape downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) for the State of São Paulo, Brazil

 

Risco climático do míldio da videira (Plasmopara viticola) no estado de São Paulo

 

 

Emília HamadaI, *; Raquel GhiniI; Paulo RossiII; Mário José Pedro JúniorIII; Jeferson Lobato FernandesIV

IEmbrapa Meio Ambiente, C.P. 69 - 13820-000 - Jaguariúna, SP - Brasil
IIEmbrapa Cerrados, C.P. 08223 - 73310-970 - Planaltina, DF - Brasil
IIIIAC/APTA/SAA, C.P. 28 - 13012-970 - Campinas, SP - Brasil
IVUnicamp/Feagri - Programa de Pós-Graduação em Planejamento e Desenvolvimento Rural Sustentável, C.P. 6011 - 13083-875 - Campinas, SP - Brasil

 

 


ABSTRACT

Viticulture in Brazil has been growing in importance in recent years. In the State of São Paulo, a significant percentage of the production is basically destined to in natura consumption and, more recently, much effort has been made by institutions to revitalize the viticulture in the State. Among fungal diseases, the downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) is one of the main diseases affecting this crop in Brazil, with extreme damage effects on its production. The objective of this study was to estimate the incidence of the downy mildew on grape under the climatic conditions of the State of São Paulo, based on a mathematical model and using Geographical Information System - GIS tools. The study considered the months from September to April, a period in which the downy mildew can affect grapevines under development. Mean temperature and relative humidity were the basic weather data entered in the GIS database. Leaf wetness duration was estimated from relative humidity measurements. Climatic data entered in the GIS were used to calculate and produce maps depicting the severity of the grape downy mildew, through the application of a disease model. Three cities were evaluated (Jales, Jundiaí, and São Miguel Arcanjo), since they represent the main vineyard centers in the State. The adopted methodology permitted quantifying the severity of the grape downy mildew not only in spatial terms, identifying the variability among the different regions of the State, but also in temporal terms, along the months, making an adequate distinction of the studied cities.

Key words: Vitis spp., Geographical Information System, temperature, relative humidity, leaf wetness duration


RESUMO

A viticultura brasileira tem apresentado importância crescente nos últimos anos. Em São Paulo, a expressiva produção é destinada basicamente ao consumo in natura e, mais recentemente, podem ser observados esforços de diversas instituições no sentido de revitalizar a viticultura no estado. O míldio (Plasmopara viticola) é uma das principais doenças da cultura no Brasil, com efeitos extremamente danosos à sua produção. No presente trabalho foi estimada a severidade do míldio da videira nas condições climáticas do estado de São Paulo, com base num modelo de estimativa da doença e empregando-se um Sistema de Informações Geográficas - SIG. O estudo considerou os meses de setembro a abril, período em que a doença pode afetar as videiras em desenvolvimento. Os valores básicos de entrada no banco de dados do SIG foram temperatura média e umidade relativa. A duração do período de molhamento foliar foi estimada a partir dos dados de umidade relativa. Com os dados climáticos organizados no SIG, foram calculados e produzidos os mapas de severidade do míldio da videira, aplicando-se o modelo de estimativa. Também foram avaliados três municípios (Jales, Jundiaí e São Miguel Arcanjo), representativos de importantes pólos vitícolas do estado. O método possibilitou caracterizar de forma quantitativa a severidade do míldio da videira, tanto espacialmente, entre as regiões do estado, como temporalmente, ao longo dos meses, diferenciando de forma adequada os municípios estudados.

Palavras-chave: Vitis spp., Sistema de Informações Geográficas, temperatura, umidade relativa, duração do período de molhamento foliar


 

 

INTRODUCTION

Viticulture is very important in Brazil, especially for the states located in the northeast, southeast and south of the country. The Brazilian grape production for 2006 totalized 1,228 million tons, and the State of São Paulo was responsible for approximately 16% of this production, mainly destined for in natura consumption (Mello, 2007).

Diffusion limits for grapes, in different regions of the world are mostly conditioned by climatic factors, particularly temperature, light intensity, air humidity and water availability, since these factors have a direct influence on plant growth rate and also on the incidence of diseases (Teixeira & Azevedo, 1996). Among the fungal diseases affecting grapes in Brazil, downy mildew caused by Plasmopara viticola is considered the main disease for this crop, as it can reduce the production by 75% (Amorim & Kuniyuki, 2005). This disease is associated to significant losses caused by total or partial destruction of inflorescences, fruits, and by the premature fall of the leaves (Sônego et al., 2005). Among the several factors affecting the life cycle of this pathogen, rain associated to leaf wetness duration is considered the main epidemiological factor, while temperature exerts a moderating role, slowing down or speeding up the development of the disease (Sônego et al., 2005).

Since this disease plays a major role for grapes, several studies have been performed in an attempt to analyze its spatial pattern, through the use of mathematical models applied to the required conditions of the life cycle of this pathogen. Most of the current disease prediction systems are based on the estimative of the infection. A simple prediction system can be based on temperature and leaf wetness duration records, in order to determine whether an infection period will occur (Reis, 2004). The goals of this study were to estimate the severity of the grape downy mildew for the climatic conditions of the State of São Paulo using a mathematical disease model based on temperature and leaf wetness duration, and to determine the spatial and temporal disease variability using the Geographical Information System (GIS) tools.

 

MATERIAL AND METHODS

The infestation efficiency model for grape downy mildew adopted in this study was proposed by Lalancette et al. (1988), which is expressed as a non linear relationship between infection efficiency (IE), leaf wetness duration (W) and temperature (T):

where k = –0.71 + 0.018T – 0.0005T2 + 0.01, p = – 0.24W + 0.070WT – 0.0021WT2, and m = 1.2.

This model is based on the relationship of temperature, leaf wetness duration and infection efficiency. Also it assumes the presence of a susceptible host and a virulent inoculated pathogen, in such a way that the occurrence of the disease will depend on the environmental factors. Figure 1 represents the severity of the grape downy mildew as a function of temperature and leaf wetness duration, according to the adopted model.

 

 

The period of time considered for this study was from September to April, between spring and autumn, when the downy mildew affects the developing plant as a whole (Sônego et al., 2005). Downy mildew severity was estimated specifically for three vineyard centers in the State of São Paulo (Figure 2): Jales (20.27º S, 50.55º W), Jundiaí (23.19º S, 46.88º W) and São Miguel Arcanjo (23.88º S, 47.99º W). The Geographical Information System (GIS) software, Idrisi 32, developed by the Clark University, USA, was used to create severity maps. A spatial resolution of 0.01º × 0.01º of latitude and longitude was adopted. Temperature and relative humidity data were then entered into the GIS database.

 

 

Average monthly temperature was obtained from Embrapa's Agritempo Network (Agricultural and Meteorological Monitoring System), referring to validated data from 58 weather stations of the State of São Paulo and 25 stations located in neighboring states (Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, and Rio de Janeiro), with mean monthly values comprising varying periods of time, among the weather stations, from 1961 to 2004. The data were interpolated using the ordinary kriging method in the Surfer v. 8.02 software, made by the Golden Software, to obtain surface maps, with a spatial resolution of 0.01º × 0.01º of latitude and longitude.

Monthly relative humidity data were obtained from the Climatic Research Unit (2006) and refer to climatological normal from 1961 to 1990, with the original spatial resolution of 10' × 10' of latitude and longitude. The ordinary kriging method and the software Surfer were used to bring in the spatial resolution adopted in this study. Later, temperature and relative humidity data were imported and organized within the GIS database. Leaf wetness duration was obtained by means of an equation that correlated leaf wetness duration to average relative humidity in the State of São Paulo developed by Hamada et al. (2007). Applying this equation to the GIS arithmetic operations module, maps of leaf wetness duration were obtained from relative humidity data for the State.

After climatic data were organized in the GIS, the next step included the production of maps depicting the severity of grape downy mildew, by applying the disease model proposed by Lalancette et al. (1988). The estimation of infestation efficiency, defined as the number of lesions produced by zoospores per plant, is a model created as a function of temperature and leaf wetness duration. The severity of the disease, measured as the number of lesions per square centimeter, was obtained by multiplying the estimated infestation efficiency by a constant (11.2), obtained experimentally by Lalancette et al. (1988).

 

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

When compared to Jales, the mean temperature and the leaf wetness duration of Jundiaí and São Miguel Arcanjo were similar (Figure 3). Estimated values of severity were lower for Jales, in relation to those found for the other two cities, which had more similar disease intensity (Figure 4). Severity values for Jales oscillated throughout the months, but the values were lower than in Jundiaí and in São Miguel Arcanjo, ranging from 0.07 and 0.23 lesion cm-2. In Jundiaí and São Miguel Arcanjo, however, severity increased during the months of September and October, and from February to April, reaching a maximum of 0.70 lesion cm-2, and decreased during October to February, reaching a minimum number of lesions. During the month of September and from December to February, differences in disease severity were observed between Jundiaí and São Miguel Arcanjo. This finding calls attention to the fact that in the Lalancette et al. (1988) model, greater importance is given to leaf wetness duration for estimating disease severity than to average temperature.

 

 

 

 

In Jales, the lower severity values generally occurred because of higher temperatures, which do not favor the infectious process, for which the ideal temperature is between 18ºC and 22ºC (Amorim & Kuniyuki, 2005). Moreover, from September to November, in Jales, smaller values for leaf wetness duration also contributed to reduce disease severity (Figure 4).

Estimates of the severity of grape downy mildew varied according to the regions of the State of São Paulo and throughout the considered months, with seasonal differences (Figure 5). In general, the northwest region of the State presented the smallest severity, while severity was greater for all the months towards the southeast region. In the northwest region, the smallest severity was noted during October, along with a gradual increase for the following months. In the southeast, however, on the contrary to northwest region of the State, this pattern for severity was not observed. The higher downy mildew severity, on the average, for this region, was found for the months of September, October and April. Towards the south of the southeast region, disease severity was more intense during September; in the north, the highest severity occurred during April.

 

 

The disease management generally requires the use of fungicides applied several times during the growing season. The influence of climatic factors on fungicide efficacy to control downy mildew in Vitis vinifera was evaluated by Czermainski & Sônego (2004) in Bento Gonçalves, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Protective fungicides, alone or in mixtures, were efficient to control the disease on bunches only under low disease pressure caused by non favorable environmental conditions and systemic fungicides were required under favorable conditions.

An expert agrometeorological system to evaluate the development of P. viticola on the north-east Italy and the western part of Slovenia, on a territorial scale, was proposed by Dalla Marta et al. (2007). In a similar way, as adopted in this study, weather data were organized into grids using inputs as leaf wetness duration and a disease model was applied to obtain the risk maps. The system allowed better use of weather (temperature, rainfall, and leaf wetness) and epidemiological data (number of infections) showed as maps capable of supplying end users with detailed information, which is useful for planning and management of grapevine protection activities.

The methodology adopted in this study allowed quantifying the severities of grape downy mildew, showing the variation among the regions of the State and among the months of the year, allowing distinguishing the three main vineyard regions in relation to disease risk. At the regional level, the results can be useful for management strategies. On the other hand, at the local level, however, the limitations of the model should be considered in connection to the used weather data. The relationship between environmental factors and resulting infection or sporulation depends on the grape species or cultivar and the climatic factors and their interactions. The infection efficiency model for P. viticola obtained by Lalancette et al (1988) was determined for the American grape (Vitis lambrusca) expressed as a function of temperature and leaf wetness duration. The disease development, although, can also be affected by other meteorological factors and the model was developed using data under controlled conditions in laboratory. On the other hand, climate factors can affect the other stages of disease cycle, as survival, dispersal and maturation of propagules, and their maturation in growing season, not considered by the model. Besides these restrictions, the model was efficient to compare regions to yield maps that can be used for planning purposes.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

To CNPq, for grant and scholarship given to authors, and to Embrapa (Macroprograma), for financial support.

 

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Received November 01, 2007
Accepted September 08, 2008

 

 

* Corresponding author <emilia@cnpma.embrapa.br>