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Raclet Benoît

The French bailiff Benoît Raclet (1780-1844) married into a family of wine growers. He is considered the inventor of an effective measure to control the caterpillars of the dreaded grapevine pest grape berry moth, which severely damaged the vineyards of the Mâconnais in the first half of the 19th century. The invention is due to good observation. The Raclets' vineyards were infested by the caterpillars (hayworm, sour worm) just like those of their neighbours, only one single vine was unscathed. This vine stood in front of the kitchen window, from which his wife always poured out the hot water after rinsing. The vine was regularly watered. Raclet correctly concluded from this that the pests were scalded

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