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First case of Phylloxera was recorded in France

1863 - First case of Phylloxera was recorded in France

Europeans had been experimenting with American vines and plants in their soil for a few centuries. Without any restrictions and disregarding the likelihood of pest transfer and associated issues, many cultivars were imported from America. According to French biologist Jules-Emile Planchon, who discovered Phylloxera in the 1860s, the importation of American vines and plants into Europe significantly expanded between roughly 1858 and 1862, unintentionally introducing Phylloxera to Europe around 1860. Some contend that the aphid didn’t arrive in France until close to 1863. Steamships were quicker than sailing ships, which allowed the Phylloxera to survive the shorter ocean voyage, therefore this may have been a contributing cause.

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