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Drought stress

See under water stress.

Term (French: sécheresse, also drought stress) for the condition of a vine that suffers from a lack of water for various reasons. In extreme cases, this can lead to complete destruction (apoplexy). Certain grape varieties, however, have developed a resistance to dryness and drought. A balanced water regime in a vineyard is very important; too little water is just as damaging as too much. A certain (mild) water stress can even be advantageous for the quality because of the resulting lower yield. Essentially, two interacting components play a role in the water...

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