Charles Valentine Riley & Tomas Volney Munson Help

Ive come across a handful of publications and online sources offering credit to both these men for "solving" phylloxera. Does anyone one have a clear/accurate picture of what these two contributed to solving the epidemic? 

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  • Hi Troy. Riley was the entomologist who is credited with realizing the American rootstocks were resistant to Phylloxera. Munson was a horticulturist in Texas who had a nursery/vineyard of native vine species on land in hill country  with a very high limestone content and was instrumental in identifying the rootstocks best suited to the conditions in French vineyards - a project he undertook with a commission from Cognac. Texas and Missouri coming up big to save European wine!

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