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2011-02-09 07:00:00

Climate experts warned industry leaders at a conference on Tuesday that global warming is putting a huge strain on Bordeaux's wine grapes in France. The ominous scenario foretells that "Bordeaux's climate, by 2050, will no longer favor Cabernet and Merlot," the main tastes of the region's red wines, said Jean-Pascal Goutouly, a researcher at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). "We are currently on the most pessimistic curve -- that's the emergency," Goutouly told...

2005-09-25 20:20:00

By Kerstin Gehmlich COLMAR, France (Reuters) - French scientist Jean Masson carefully unlocks the gate of a heavily protected open-air enclosure. Behind the fence and security cameras there are no wild animals or convicts, just 70 vines. In the heart of the picturesque Alsace wine region, researchers have planted France's only genetically modified vines in the hope of finding a way to battle the damaging "court-noue" virus afflicting a third of the country's vines. The modified plants will...

2005-09-26 06:20:00

COLMAR, France -- French scientist Jean Masson carefully unlocks the gate of a heavily protected open-air enclosure. Behind the fence and security cameras there are no wild animals or convicts, just 70 vines. In the heart of the picturesque Alsace wine region, researchers have planted France's only genetically modified vines in the hope of finding a way to battle the damaging "court-noue" virus afflicting a third of the country's vines. The modified plants will not grow grapes or yield any...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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