This disease, which has ruined the crops of the vine-growing countries of Europe, is at last conquered. Mr. Kyle, a Scotch gardener, has discovered that the application of sulphur to the plant is an effectual preventive and remedy. Of such importance had this disease become to France, that the Society for the Encouragement of Agriculture offered a prize of $2,000 for a cure, and many smaller ones for researches on the subject. This first prize has been divided between Messrs. Kyle (who was also awarded the $100 gold medal of the Society), Duchartre, Gouties, and Maris. M. Barral, in his report to the Council, makes the following remark :—" It was England who inoculated the vine disease into Europe, but it is remarkable that it was in that country that it was most perfectly studied by Mr. Berkeley,-and again in the llame country that a cure was discovered by Mr. Eyle." In this country, and especially those parts of it where the vine is cultivated, it ought to be recollected that it should be studied as well as nurtured, and that, like every other plant, the more care and attention that is paid to its growth, the more abundant and luscious will be its fruits. It is not enough that our soil is so rich that it will grow luxuriantly without much oare. We yet ought to pay atten-' tion to it to produce still more luxuriance.
This article was originally published with the title "The Vine Disease" in Scientific American 13, 19, 150 (January 1858)