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Inside BioVam Grown Chardonnay Grape Vines
At an Organic Vineyard, Winery and Organic Gardens

Entrance to Chinabend Vineyard Estate

After you pass the Leon Millot Vineyard, a rustic wood gated entrance warmly welcomes you into the main vineyard estate. The main compound sets in the middle distance and to the left. The main Vineyard sets off to the right, bordered by the beautiful Columbia River.  Organic Gardens lines the road 100 yards deep on both sides of the road. This year their Organic Gardens were 100% BioVam Grown with excellent results. 

When BioVam Mycorrhiza is applied to the roots of 15 year old Chardonnay, Limberger and Siegrrebe grape plants, as was done in May, 1999, what goes on inside the vines tells a story about what is going to be happening on the outside of the plant.  

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Larry Giannou gathers vines for microscope pictures.

On 6-10-99, we gathered vines from treated and untreated Chardonnay grape plants for microscope pictures.

Chardonnay Cutting treated plant 6-9-99

Chardonnay cutting from treated plant 6-9-99

 

The vine cross sections above taken on 6-9-99, are from BioVam treated Chardonnay grape plants. "A" represents a well-developed outer layer of cells. "B" represents the phloem sieve tube, which carries nutrients from the leaves into the plant. Higher numbers of larger leaves on the BioVam treated plants are serviced by the larger sized phloem sieve tubes. The fruit is also better supplied on the treated plants and is larger and healthier as a result. "C" represents the xylem tissue layer with the xylem vessels, which carry water and minerals from the roots into the plant. These internal structures are significantly larger in the treated plants than in the untreated plants. Larger fruit and larger leaves require more water and minerals. All microscope pictures are taken at the same setting of 200X.

Chardonnay Untreated stem cutting 6-9-99

The picture to the above is a cross section of a vine taken on 6-9-99 from an untreated Chardonnay grape plant. All of the structures easily fit on one picture and are significantly smaller at this stage of growth, which is one month after bud break.

 

Chardonnay cutting from treated plant 7-8-99

Chardonnay cutting from treated plant 7-8-99

The two pictures above were taken on 7-8-99,  and are from BioVam treated Chardonnay vines.  The internal growth is still leading the untreated Chardonnay vine below.

 

Chardonnay cutting from untreated plant 7-8-99.

This picture taken on 7-8-99 is from an untreated Chardonnay grapevine.  It is progressing but is still behind the progress shown in the treated vine pictures shown above.

Chardonnay stem cutting from treated plant 8-11-99

Chardonnay stem cutting from treated plant 8-11-99

 

The two pictures above, taken on 8-11-99, are from BioVam treated Chardonnay vines.  The internal growth is still leading the untreated Chardonnay vine below.

Chardonnay stem cutting from untreated plant 8-11-99

This picture taken on 8-11-99 is from an untreated Chardonnay grapevine.  It is progressing but is still behind the progress shown in the treated vine pictures shown above.

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