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Phylloxera

A louse accidentally imported into France from the US around 1850. While US vines were resistant to the bugs, the roots of French vines were attacked and resulted in the death of the vine. The bug quickly spread across France, devastating most of it. Although there is no "cure" to Phylloxera, the solution is to 'grub up' (dig up) the vines and replant the vineyard: grafting the French grape on to an American root. This is obviously expensive. A few regions have so far avoided the virus: for example, Chile.

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