Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine

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University of California Press, Jul 5, 2011 - Cooking - 336 pages
Dying on the Vine chronicles 150 years of scientific warfare against the grapevine’s worst enemy: phylloxera. In a book that is highly relevant for the wine industry today, George Gale describes the biological and economic disaster that unfolded when a tiny, root-sucking insect invaded the south of France in the 1860s, spread throughout Europe, and journeyed across oceans to Africa, South America, Australia, and California—laying waste to vineyards wherever it landed. He tells how scientists, viticulturalists, researchers, and others came together to save the world’s vineyards and, with years of observation and research, developed a strategy of resistance. Among other topics, the book discusses phylloxera as an important case study of how one invasive species can colonize new habitats and examines California’s past and present problems with it.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Disaster Strikes All your Vines are Fatally Condemned to Disappear Monsieur
13
La Défense Sand Submersion and Sulfiding
51
La Reconstitution
79
The Underground Battle Grafting on American Rootstock
120
Phylloxera Makes the European Grand Tour
163
The Bug Goes South New Venues Same Story
184
The Old Americans or How the Fox Conquered Europe
201
Conclusion
247
Appendix A Life Cycle of Phylloxera
251
Appendix B American Wild Grape Species
253
Appendix C Old American Varieties
257
Notes
259
Glossary
285
Bibliography
287
Index
303

Phylloxera Breaks Out Twice in California
211

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About the author (2011)

George Gale is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the author of Theory of Science. He has written about phylloxera for The World of Fine Wine magazine and other publications.

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