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Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine

by George D Gale University of California Press
Pub Date:
05/2011
ISBN:
9780520265486
Format:
Hbk 336 pages
Price:
AU$156.00 NZ$160.00
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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Dying on the Vine chronicles 150 years of scientific warfare against the grapevines 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 Californialaying waste to vineyards wherever it landed. He tells how scientists, viticulturalists, researchers, and others came together to save the worlds 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 Californias past and present problems with it.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Disaster Strikes: "All your vines are fatally condemned to disappear, Monsieur"
2. La Defense: Sand, Submersion, and Sulfiding
3. La Reconstitution
4. The Underground Battle: Grafting on American Rootstock
5. Phylloxera Makes the European Grand Tour
6. The Bug Goes South: New Venues, Same Story
7. The Old Americans, or How the Fox Conquered Europe
8. Phylloxera Breaks Out (Twice) in California

Conclusion

Appendix A. Life Cycle of Phylloxera
Appendix B. American Wild Grape Species
Appendix C. Old American Varieties

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

GÇ£A fascinating read for anyone interested in grapevines and/or the philosophy of science.n++?
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.