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Tucker William

The English hobby gardener William Tucker first discovered the real one in 1845 in Margate (county of Kent) in southeast England mildew, He observed the white coating on the vine leaves under his microscope and correctly recognized the fungus as the causative agent of the disease. Tucker published his observations in 1847 in the Gardeners Journal. Powdery mildew is also named after him as "Oidium tuckeri". The fungus brought in from North America subsequently spread before the second catastrophe phylloxera quickly across Europe.

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