Botritis is a fungus
which affects grape
s of the species Vitis vinifera
, the European wine
grape. It infects the grape clusters and inserts its hyphae
into the grapes themselves. In large amounts, it will dehydrate
the grapes completely and make them worthless
. In small amounts, it can actually strengthen the flavor of the grapes by increasing their sugar content, making for better wine
. There has been little to no success with either introducing or removing this fungus in the vineyard
, although sometimes it can be added to grapes after they are already picked.
since this fungus can be beneficial, it is sometimes known as noble rot.