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2012-03-27 23:58:58

While Washington winemakers grow most of their grapes on their natural rootstock, the coveted quality of their crop—and wines—is unlikely to change if they join the rest of the world and start grafting their varieties to more disease- and pest-resistant roots. That day will probably come, say WSU experts, but growers have little to fear. Yet the spectre of a vine-destroying invasion has lurked in the shadows of Washington vineyards for years. What if, wine industry professionals...

2012-03-15 11:53:05

By using decades of vineyard records, scientists have for the first time been able to attribute early ripening of wine grapes to climate warming and declines in soil water content. The study reveals that management factors has also influenced the shift, offering hope for growers to develop adaptation strategies. The study was published in Nature Climate Change and was done by scientists from the University of Melbourne and the CSIRO. Climate scientist and viticulturist Dr Leanne...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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