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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Phylloxera known for?

Phylloxera is a small insect that feeds on the roots and leaves of grapevines, causing severe damage to the plants.
Phylloxera is native to North America, where it co-evolved with the native grape species, which have some resistance to the pest.
However, when phylloxera was accidentally introduced to Europe in the 19th century, it devastated the vineyards of the continent, as the European grape species (Vitis vinifera) had no defense against it.
Phylloxera has a complex life cycle, with different forms and stages, depending on the season and the host plant.
The most destructive form is the root form, which sucks the sap from the vine roots, creating wounds that allow fungal infections to enter.
The only effective way to control phylloxera is to graft the European vines onto resistant American rootstocks, which is a common practice in most wine regions today.
Phylloxera is considered one of the worst pests of grapevines in the world, and it still poses a threat to the wine industry in many countries.
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Where does the Phylloxera live?

Phylloxera is a small insect that feeds on the roots and leaves of grapevines.

It is native to North America, but it has been introduced to many other regions of the world, where it can cause serious damage to wine production.

Phylloxera has a complex life cycle that involves different forms and hosts.

The sexual form lays eggs on the leaves of young grapevines, which hatch into nymphs that create galls on the leaves.

These nymphs can either move to other leaves or to the roots, where they start new infections.

The root form feeds on the root tissues of the grapevines, causing deformations and weakening the plants.

The winged form emerges from the root galls and flies to new hosts or locations.

Phylloxera can infest different species of grapes, but it is especially harmful to the European Vitis vinifera, which is the most widely cultivated for wine making.

This species has no natural defenses against phylloxera, and its roots are easily penetrated and damaged by the insect.

Phylloxera is still a threat to the global wine industry, as it can spread through human activities or natural means.

It is important to monitor and prevent its introduction and spread, as well as to maintain the genetic diversity and health of the grapevines.
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