Alcohol and science: Saving the agave

  title={Alcohol and science: Saving the agave},
  author={Rex Dalton},
  • R. Dalton
  • Published 21 December 2005
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
A decade ago, the tequila industry was pummelled by plant diseases. Rex Dalton meets the scientists working to keep the blue agave diverse enough to survive.That's the spiritProducers of Mexico's national drink have suffered a series of setbacks in recent years, notably tristeza y muerte de agave, the ‘wilt and death disease’ that hit the blue agave plants that produce sweet liquor which is distilled to produce tequila. Monoculture planting made things worse, so now scientists are working on… Expand
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