From the beginning of the 1880s, the American botanist Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913) was intensively involved in the research of vine diseases and the identification of the ideal soil for the various grape varieties. He laid one in Denison-Texas nursery with numerous test plots to look at the different soils available there and numerous ones Wild vines with the additional advantage for analysis also different climatic conditions to make experiments.
In the course of the European phylloxera catastrophe, the French Ministry of Agriculture sent a delegation to America in order to find suitable documents for the finishing to detect. Especially was in addition to the resistance against the phylloxera also attached importance to compatibility with the frequently occurring in Europe lime soil. The Head of Delegation Professor Pierre Viala (1859-1936) Munson consulted. The ideal vines were eventually found in the limestone mountains at San Antonio. They were vines of the species Vitis cinerea var. Helleri - earlier Vitis berlandieri (Kalkrebe), but also the Vitis riparia, Munson has been crucial to identifying the ideal documents contributed and was also active as a vine grower. He created the new breeds albania. America. Armlong. Bailey. brilliant. Bush. Delago. Ellen Scott. Governor Ross. Headlight. hexamer. Hopkins. Palermo (1), President. Profusion. Ruby (1) Universal and Xenia (2).
The French government awarded Thomas Volney Munson in 1899 the title "Chevalier du Mérite Agricole" and the Cross of the Legion of Honor. The newly created vine species Vitis bourquina (botanical name Vitis x bourquina Munson) was named after him. Munson was with the swiss-bred breeder Hermann Hunter (1844-1895), who gave his creation "Jaeger 70" (Breed No.) in his honor as Munson named. With his work Munson significantly influenced the US vines breeder Elmer Swenson (1913-2004).