Chemical and natural resistance inducing substances may be used to decrease susceptibility of plants to various pathogens thus reducing the application of pesticides in agriculture. This study evaluated the potential of biocontrol products as well as plant extracts. The invoked mode of induced resistance was verified to control downy mildew on grapevine plants using leaf discs and potted vines. Induced resistance was determined by the increase of pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins including peroxidase, polyphenol oxidase, ?-1,3-glucanase, phenylalanine ammonia lyase, stilbene synthase, ?-1,3-glucanase, PR1 and caffeoyl-coenzyme A 3-0-methyltransferase. Under outdoor conditions candidate resistance inducers including Solidago canadensis (CanG) extract, mycelium extract of Penicillium crysogenum (PEN), Linoleic acid (LIN), the biocontrol agent Aureobasidium pullulans (Aureo) and chemical elicitors 3DL ? ? aminobutric acid (BABA) and benzothiadiazole (BTH) were tested against Plasmopara viticola.BABA, BTH and CanG provided a protection of more than 80%, whereas PEN, LIN and Aureo showed minimal protection. BABA and Aureo were not able to inhibit zoospores, whereas a concentration dependent inhibition of zoospore mobility was observed for all other tested substances. BTH, CanG, PEN and LIN induced the production of a broad spectrum of resistance-related metabolites whereas Aureo application did not cause any response. BABA provoked formation of necrotic spots and PR proteins immediately after inoculation. These results indicate the potential to partly induce natural resistance metabolites and enhance tolerance of grapevine plants to P. viticola. Thus offering a synergistic effect when used with fungicides and aiding to reduce their ecological burden, even if they are not effective enough to fully replace them.