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Kober Franz

The Austrian wine maker Ing. Franz Kober (1864-1943) was born in Simonsfeld near Ernstbrunn (Lower Austria). In Klosterneuburg he visited the Oenological and Pomolgic Institute at the wine school in Klosterneuburg, He graduated from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Wien with the teacher examination for viticulture, cellar management and fruit growing with the teacher examination. He then spent several years as a gardener in Romania and Burgenland Rust active. In 1893 he became head of the fight against the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry phylloxera for Lower Austria based in Klosterneuburg .

Kober 5 BB - Documentary garden by Franz Kober 1930 and grapes

He also worked with the then director August-Wilhelm Freiherr von Babo (1827-1894) together. In a vineyard of the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute, selected some vines and created in collaboration with the Hungarian vine grower Zsigmond Teleki (1854-1910) the famous one named after him Kober 5 BB (also "5 BB" or "Teleki 5 BB"). This became one of the most successful documents, on which numerous other rootstocks grown all over the world were based.

Kober was also teaching on a large scale finishing, Planting and care of the vines in the vineyards. He invented a patented injector for the so-called Kultural method (Control of phylloxera by liquid carbon disulphide injected into the ground) and recommended the installation of cardboard screens to protect against may frost. He also published numerous publications, for example "Keys to Solving the Vine Hybrid Question for Limestone Soils in Austria" and "About the Advancement of Grafted Vines". Franz Kober received numerous honors for his great services, including the gold medal of honor of the Republic of Austria Babo Medal and the Rasch medal, In 1984 a bronze plaque was attached to his memory of the institute for cellar management in Klosterneuburg .

Left picture: From unknown, postcard Geisenheim, GFDL 1.2 , link
Right: By Joachim Schmid, Geisenheim, CC BY 3.0 de , Link

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