RIMpro-Plasmopara is a new generation dissension
support system (DSS) for the management of Downy Mildew (DM) in grape
production. The DSS is based on a dynamic simulation model that is
quantifying the seasonal epidemiology of Plasmopara viticola. The model
simulates both primary infections, and the growth of the disease in
secondary infection cycles. Infection moments are forecasted and quantified
to enable winegrowers and advisers to plan and adapt crop protection
measures to the infection risk.
Calculations are made in real time based on data collected by a weather
station in the vineyard. Infection events are forecasted using local weather
forecast data provided by a meteo service.
Winegrowers, advisers and scientist in different wine producing regions in
Europe contribute to the further development of the model. They closely
monitor the epidemiology of DM under their local conditions according a
fixed protocol. (see Documentation) These observations in different years
and under different climatic conditions are essential to validate the model.
Participants in the validation work may run the experimental
RIMpro-Plasmopara model themselves locally. For a limited number of
locations we run the model live on this website to present an overview of
the development of DM in 2012 in Europe, and demonstrate the potential of
The development of RIMpro-Plasmopara is a private initiative, based on
informal cooperation with winegrowers, advisers and scientists , independent
form formal projects and institutions. We would welcome anyone who would
like to join !
The aim is to gather exact information on the epidemiology of DM from as
many sites as possible. This information will be possessed next winter
together with the information from previous years 2008-2011. The result will
be a validated version of the model that can be used in practice in 2013.