any of several plant lice of the genus Phylloxera, especially P. vitifoliae(grape phylloxera ), which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.
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How to use phylloxera in a sentence
Along the way, she saw Napa survive the phylloxera crisis of the 1990s, when entire vineyards had to be replanted because of an insect infestation.Threatened by climate change, a California winemaker switches to carbon farming and hopes more vineyards join | Dave McIntyre | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
phylloxera struck in the late 19th century, and in the 20th century, Soviet winemaking mandates encouraged quantity above quality.
The original vines on the estate perished in the late 19th century from oidium and phylloxera, and Klein Constantia shut down.Drink Like Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s Exciting New Wine | Jordan Salcito | December 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is said to be the most effectual preventive of black rot, and to destroy the phylloxera, the two worst enemies of the grape.
The phylloxera pest, which has wrought such havoc among vineyards throughout Europe, has invaded California also.Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888 | Various
The roots are strong, thick and very resistant to phylloxera.
Like those of Riparia, the roots are slender, hard, and resistant to the phylloxera.
Riparia is very resistant to phylloxera, the roots are small in size, hard and numerous and branch freely.
British Dictionary definitions for phylloxera
any homopterous insect of the genus Phylloxera, such as P. vitifolia (or Viteus vitifolii) (vine phylloxera), typically feeding on plant juices, esp of vines: family Phylloxeridae
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