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Blankenhorn Adolph

The German viticulture expert Professor Dr. Adolph Blankenhorn (1843-1906) came from a distinguished family of wine-growing estate owners in Müllheim (Baden-Württemberg), where he is also honoured with a monument (picture left). He studied natural sciences at the Technical University in Karlsruhe and at the University in Heidelberg. After working on the family's own vineyards, he became an assistant to Dr. Leonhard Roesler (1839-1910) at the Technical University in Karlsruhe in 1867. In 1868 he established an oenological institute in Karlsruhe from his own funds. Here he conducted experiments on the biology of phylloxera and its control with resistant American vines and hybrids. Together with Roesler he published the scientific journal "Annalen der Oenologie". In this journal many problems of viticulture and cellar management were dealt with. The variety Taylor seedling Blankenhorn selected by him bears his name (picture right).

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