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Grafting and Phylloxera with Prof Ernst Ruhl from Geisenheim


We ask Professor Ernst Ruhl from the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute to explain how phylloxera attacks the grape vine and the importance of grafting not just to deal with phylloxera but how to improve the vine in general

Ernst explains how phylloxera, an aphid, feeds on both leaves and the roots of grape vines exclusively. It's the aphid's ability to feed on the roots that is the problem and causes the vines to suffer water and nutrient deficiencies which weaken the plant until the roots and plant eventually dies. We hear about the life cycle of phylloxera above and below the ground and the conditions in which it thrives.

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