Autor Christy Campbell
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 4 oct 2010
A historical investigation into the mysterious bug that wiped out the vineyards of France and Europe in the 1860s -- and how one young botanist eventually 'saved wine for the world'. In the early 1860s, vines in the lower Rhoc;ne valley, and then around Bordeaux, inexplicably began to wither and die. Panic seized France, and Jules-Emile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. Magnifying glass in hand, he discovered the roots of a dying vine covered in microscopic yellow insects. The tiny aphid would be named Phylloxera vastatrix -- 'the dry leaf devastator'. Where it had come from was utterly mysterious, but it advanced with the speed of an invading army. As the noblest vineyards of France came under biological siege, the world's greatest wine industry tottered on the brink of ruin. The grand owners fought the aphid with expensive insecticide, while peasant vignerons simply abandoned their ruined plots in despair. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. Planchon, aided by the American entomologist Charles Riley, discovered that the parasite had accidentally been imported from America. He believed that only the int
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ISBN-13: 9780007115365
ISBN-10: 0007115369
Pagini: 386
Dimensiuni: 127 x 203 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.35 kg
Editura: Harper Perennial

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Christy Campbell