rootstock

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a plant with roots onto which a piece of another plant is grafted.

Wine

  • the part of a vine that includes the roots and the first few centimetres of the stem above ground. Most vines consist of two different varieties: a disease-tolerant rootstock that can resist the phylloxera root aphid and a fruiting variety grafted on to it to produce the variety of grapes required.
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