Red Dog Vineyards - Grapevine Nursery
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Grape Research

Here at Red Dog Vineyards and Grapevine Nursery we are currently growing many Elmer Swenson varieties and other cold hardy grape varieties from around the world to determine their usefulness as wine grapes in the Midwest. For many of these grapes we will be conducting wine trials as soon as we can produce enough fruit!

We are also researching the use of various root stocks to improve vine performance and match the rootstock to soil types.  Currently we are working with SO4, 1103P, Teleki 5C, 101-14Mg, and 3309C rootstock.

We have been planting many winter hardy French hybrid and Eastern European grapes to see what will work in our 5a climate zone. Many of these vines could hold great winemaking potential.

We are also using these grape varieties in our private breeding program to develop new grape varieties! 

Elmer Swenson Vines:

E.S. 2-12-13 White medium sized berries on large compact clusters. Cling skin with fine texture. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 5-14 x Swenson Red (CH Rank:)

E.S. 4-22-60 White medium sized berry on long large clusters. Later ripening. Great winter hardiness. Pedigree: E.S. 2-7-13 x E.S. 2-8-8 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 4-23-43  Produces a small berry on small tightly formed clusters.  Tends to have high acid and high sugars. Perfect Flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 23-33(Riparia x Riesling) x C299-35 (Muscat d'Moulins) (CH Rank:)

E.S. 5-14 White small to medium sized berry on a compact cluster.Early ripening. Pedigree: Seedling of E.S. 593 open pollinated (E.S. 593 is E.S. 80 x Villard blanc). (CH Rank:)

E.S. 5-4-27  Blue berry. Reported to have great health and hardiness with good berry and cluster size. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 2-4-13 x E.S. 2-5-5 (CH Rank:)


E.S. 5-7-25  Small blue berries on compact clusters. Reported to make an excellent fresh juice with a flavor a little like Steuben. Very hardy. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 2-5-9 x E.S. 17-59 (17-59 is a seedling from MN 78 open pollinated) (CH Rank:)

E.S. 5-8-17  Small berries on rather large ,loose clusters. Reported to have excellent winter hardiness. Pistillate flowers. Pedigree: Riparia 89 x Siegerrebe (CH Rank:)

E.S. 6-6-50 Very large, loose clusters. Muscat flavors. Ripens rather late. Proven to be very hardy. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: Riparia 89 x Muscat Hamburg (CH Rank:)

E.S. 6-12-47 White berries on long slightly loose clusters. Pineapple flavors. Pedigree: E.S. 2-14-3 x E.S. 2-5-5 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 6-15-18 White, medium sized berries on pyramidal clusters. Early ripening with high sugars. Outstanding mildew resistance. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 5-17 x E.S. 31-33 (31-33 is St. Pepin x Swenson Red) (CH Rank:)

E.S. 6-16-30 (now called Adalmina)White, rather pulpy berry. Compact clusters. Very hardy to -34F. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 2-3-17 x E.S. 35 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 7-4-14 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 8-2-10  Blue grapes on a very large cluster structure. Pistillate flower. Used in breeding. Pedigree: Riparia 89 x S.V. 23-657 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 8-2-24  Sister seedling of 8-2-10. Very large clustered blue grape. Acid levels workable for wine. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: Riparia 89 x S.V. 23-657 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 8-2-43 (now called Osceola Muscat) Small, white Muscat type berry. Long, small to medium sized clusters. Wine samples have been aromatic and quite highly rated. Excellent winter hardiness to -30F. Pedigree: Riparia 89 x S.V. 23-657 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 9-7-48  Small to medium sized blue berries on large, loose cluster structure. Dark red juice. Ripens very early. Hardy to -40F! Pistillate flower. Pedigree: E.S. 5-18-17 (Riparia) x E.S. 5-3-26 (Siegerrebe) (CH Rank:)

E.S. 10-18-06  A pistillate grape that bears small to medium sized blue berries on a large loose clusters. one of the hardiest of Swenson's wine selections. Has survived -40 F in Minnesota! 
Pedigree: E.S. 5-6-64 (E.S. 634 x Chardonnay) x E.S. 3-16-21 (E.S. 643 x Cabernet Sauvignon) (CH Rank:)

E.S. 10-21-7 White medium sized berries on pyramidal-shaped well filled clusters.Aromatic, fruity wine. High mildew resistance. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: E.S. 5-3-89 x E.S. 35 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 11-2-48 (CH Rank:)

E.S. 12-6-96 White, large berries on rather large long slightly loose clusters. High sugar levels. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: MN 78 x J.S. 23-416 (CH Rank:)

E.S.  M-6-10  Red skinned grape with colorless juice. Potential for white wine. Small to medium berries on long slightly loose clusters. Very early ripening. Perfect flowers. Pedigree: Unknown origin from unmapped portion of Swenson's vineyard. (CH Rank:)


E.S. M-9-13 White medium to large sized berries on medium sized clusters. Very productive. Very hardy. High sugars. Pedigree: unknown (CH Rank:)

E.S. N-11-1/2 White, juicy berries on long loose clusters. Thin skin. Aromatic with very high sugars. Very hardy. Pedigree: Unknown (CH Rank:)
Grapes From Around The World-

Bianca ClusterBianca
(Hungary) Bianca is a cold hardy Vitis Vinifera cross developed in Hungary, where it is also known as Bianka or Ergi Csillagok. Bianca is gaining significant acreage in Eastern Europe. It is also being used commercially in Michigan and New York to make  dry white wines with Sauvignon Blac like characteristics. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 12-375 x Bouvier (CH Rank:)




Dalniewostoznyd
(Poland)
Small to medium sized berries on small to medium sized loose clusters. Medium to high vine vigor. Winter hardy. Pedigree: currently unknown (CH Rank:)

Eclipse (Illinois) Medium to large dull black berries. The clusters are intermediate, short, conical, shouldered, and compact. The vine is vigorous and productive.  Cold hardy. Pedigree: Niagara x Unknown (CH Rank:)

Festivee (Ontario, Canada) Large, oval reddish black berries with meaty flesh. The clusters are medium to large, usually shouldered, with medium to loose compactness. The vine is very vigorous, sprawling, and very productive.  The vine is moderately hardy and moderately susceptible to mildew. Pedigree: Alden x Verdelet (CH Rank:)

Ivan (Hungary) Blue berries on loose clusters. The vine has premium vigor and is very productive. Powdery mildew susceptible. Pedigree: Rosa Menna di Vacca x Mathiasz Janosne (CH Rank:)














Kensington (Ontario, Canada) The berries are oval, variable sized, yellowish green, and glossy.  Clusters tend to be medium to large with heavy single shoulders. The vine is vigorous but has variable production. Cold Hardy. Pedigree: Clinton x Buckland Sweetwater (CH Rank:)














Koret
(Hungary) Little known so far! Pedigree: Currently unknown (CH Rank:)


Othello (Ontario, Canada) The black berries are large, oval, foxy, with soft pulp. The clusters are medium sized and cylindrical. The vine is very productive and shows good disease resistance. Planted extensively in France before 1934. Cold hardy. Pedigree: Clinton x Black Hamburg (CH Rank:)









Regent (Germany)Dark blue berries that produce a deep colored red wine. The wines have blackberry and cherry flavors with high tannins and low acid. Created in Germany for the organic grape growing industry. Resistant to downy mildew but our vines did show a little powdery mildew in late summer. Possibly more cold hardy than Chambourcin. We are currently testing 200 vines. Pedigree: Chambourcin x Diana (CH Rank: -15 F)







Sovereign Noir (British Columbia, Canada) Small to medium sized blue berries. Medium sized well filled clusters. The vine has high vigor and is moderately winter hardy. Pedigree: Marechal Foch x Silvaner (CH Rank:)

Sovereign Rose (British Columbia, Canada) The medium sized berries are pink with small seeds. The clusters are shouldered, cylindrical, well filled, and compact. The vine has medium vigor and is productive. Makes wines with a muscat flavor. Pedigree: Bath x Pearl of Csaba (CH Rank:)

Sovereign Tiara (British Columbia, Canada) Gold colored, medium sized berries. Produces high quality wine that have been described as fruity, herbaceous, vegetative, and candy like! The vine is highly productive and performs best on a divided canopy. Ripens mid to late season and is moderately cold hardy. Pedigree: Golden Muscat x Marechal Foch (CH Rank:)

Ventura (Ontario, Canada) The berries are small, round with white skin that is resistant to cracking. The medium sized clusters are medium compact and usually shouldered. The vine is vigorous, very productive, and hardy. Produces a quality dry white wine. Pedigree: Chelois x Elvira (CH Rank:)

Veeblanc (Ontario, Canada) The round white berries are medium to large sized with a soft juicy pulp. The clusters are medium sized with medium compactness and are not usually shouldered. The vine has good vigor and productivity. Tends to have open, short arms. It is moderately hardy similar to DeChaunac. Resistant to Downy mildew. Has been recommended for production of a dry white table wine. Pedigree: Cascade x Seyve-Villard 14-287 (CH Rank:)







Veeport
(Ontario, Canada) The berries are black skinned and round on medium sized well filled clusters. The vine is vigorous and produces many long canes.Moderately winter hardy.The wine has consistently received good ratings as a dessert wine. Pedigree: Wilder x Winchell (CH Rank:)















Vincent (Ontario, Canada) Medium sized dark blue to black berries. The clusters are medium to large sized and very compact. The vine is vigorous and productive and moderately winter hardy. Produces a very dark wine. Pedigree: V 370628 (Lomanto x Seneca) x Chelois (Seibel 10878) (CH Rank:)














Vivant (Ontario, Canada) The small berries are yellow-tan with soft flesh. The clusters tend to be long, cylindrical, with one or two shallow shoulders, and well filled to compact. The vine is vigorous and productive but requires a spray program. Moderately hardy. Produces a light crisp German style wine. Pedigree: V 50154 x NY 25681 (CH Rank:)









Cornell Varieties-

Noiret
(NY 73.0136.17)  A blue-black grape produces an excellent full-bodied wine with a distinct pepper character and moderate tannin content. Vines have generally been vigorous and productive in the Finger Lakes of New York, though older vines occasionally show a slow decline in vigor that may be indicative of a need for grafting. The leaves show moderate resistance to powdery mildew, but both fruit and leaves require a regular spray program to control downy mildew. Fruit maturity is mid-season, approx. Oct. 1 in Geneva. Predicted temperature of 50% primary bud kill in mid winter = -14.3 F. Pedigree: (NY33277 x Chancellor) x Steuben (CH Rank:)

Corot Noir (NY 70.0809.10)A blue grape that can be used for varietal wine production or for blending. The distinctive red wine has a deep red colour and attractive berry and cherry fruit aromas.” Produces a highly ranked vinous, vinifera type wine. The vine is vigorous and very productive at Geneva. Some cluster thinning is usually required to avoid overcropping. Vines are healthy with good powdery mildew and Botrytis rot resistance and often maintain green leaves up until frost. Fruit maturity is late, with harvest Oct. 15-20 in Geneva. Predicted temperature of 50% primary bud kill in mid winter = -15.1 F. Pedigree: SV 18-307 x Steuben (CH Rank:)

Valvin Muscat (NY 62.0122.01)distinctive muscat flavour and aroma that is desirable for blending as well as for varietal wines. produces an excellent, high quality muscat wine that may be made into a dessert wine or used in blending. Own-rooted vines are small (1.4 lb./vine in Geneva), and therefore grafting is recommended. Though grafting improves vine size, planting at somewhat closer than normal spacing (approx. six feet between vines within rows) may also improve vineyard productivity. The fruit is highly flavored, very juicy, and ripens mid-season. Pedigree: Muscat du Moulin x Muscat Ottonel (CH Rank:)

NY 76.0844.24  A greenish-white grape that makes a top ranked floral, muscat wine. Own rooted vines have been highly productive, highly vigorous (24 lbs. of fruit/vine; 4.3 lbs. pruning weight average for '96-'03) and very winter hardy. Clusters are large and loose. Leaf phylloxera have been an occasional problem. Maturity is mid-season, ripening in mid-late September in Geneva. Predicted temperature of 50% primary bud kill in mid winter = -16.8F. Pedigree: Traminette x Ravat 34 (CH Rank:)

NY 81.0315.17  A golden-white grape that produces a floral and sometimes spicy light muscat wine. Highly rated for wine quality for several years. Only available grafted because own rooted vines have been small. Botrytis rot has been negligible and winter primary bud hardiness ranks better than Cayuga White, and with many French-American hybrids. Pedigree: Cayuga White x White Riesling (CH Rank:)

NY 95.0301.01  Red wine grape with high disease resistance and potential to produce red wines of good quality.  Most years at Geneva, NY, fruit and foliage are free of downy and powdery mildew, and only a low level of black rot appears under fungicide-free conditions.  In 2009, under season-long conditions conducive to downy mildew development, moderate foliar symptom appeared in September, but not prior to that.  The vine is moderately productive (>13 lbs. fruit/vine) and winter hardy (estimated temperature of 50% primary bud kill in mid-winter is –14 F).  Wine is very drinkable and enjoyable, with clean light aroma, and a very nice mouth feel, good structure, with blueberry fruit character.  The color is dark red and it ranks low for hybrid character. Pedigree:   (CH Rank:)

This spring (2010) we planted:

Agria (Hungary) Blue grape. Vigorous but we question if it can handle the cold winters. Seems to have struggled with -12F so far. (CH Rank:)


Bertille Seyve 2667
(French Hybrid) Medium round black berries on large compact tight clusters. Pedigree: Couderc 7120 x Bertille Seyve 872 (CH Rank:) 










Bertille Seyve 5563 (French Hybrid) Pedigree: Seibel 6905 x Bertille Seyve 3445 (CH Rank:)















Bertille Seyve 4825 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium to large clusters. Pedigree: Bertille Seyve 2667 x Seibel 6905 (CH Rank:)


BR 20
(Maryland) Black berries on open moderate sized clusters. Pedigree: Ill 550 x Seibel 14664 (CH Rank:)











Burdin 11042
Smallish clusters. May produce an excellent red wine. (CH Rank:)


Campbell Early (Ohio) Large round purplish-black berries on medium to large clusters.vigorous vine. Pedigree: Moore Early x (Belvidere x Muscat Hamburg) (CH Rank:)











Castel 19-637 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on large loose clusters. Vigorous vine. Pedigree: Cinsant x V. rupestris (CH Rank:)














Cayuga White (New York) White medium to large berries on medium to large compact clusters.Wine resembles White Riesling. Pedigree: Seyval x Schuyler (CH Rank:)

















Chelois (French Hybrid) Small blue berries on medium clusters. Late bud break. Pedigree: Seibel 5163 x Seibel 5593 (CH Rank:)










Chambeaudiere 1391 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on large very loose clusters. Pedigree: Chem 442 x Semillion (CH Rank:)


Courderc 3
(French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium to large compact clusters. Vigorous vine. Pedigree: (V. riparia x V. lincecumii) x V. vinifera (CH Rank:)












Courderc 17 (French Hybrid) Medium to large black berries on medium clusters. Vigorous vine. Mildew resistant. Pedigree: V. lincecumii x Unknown (CH Rank:)









Courderc 22 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium loose cluster. Small vine. Pedigree: V. lincecumii x Muscat Hamburg (CH Rank:)


Florental
(Burdin 7705) (French Hybrid) Black berries on medium compact clusters. Word has is that the wine is comparable to Gamay Noir. Small vine. Pedigree: Seibel 8365 x Gamay (CH Rank:)










Ill 794-5 (Illinois) Small red berries on large well filled clusters. Vigorous vine. Pedigree: C71-20 x V. cinerea B9
Johannes Seyve 25.874 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on very large compact clusters. Pedigree: currently unknown (CH Rank:)


Johannes Seyve 25-874
(French Hybrid) Blue berries on very large compact clusters. Average vine size with good disease resistance. Pedigree:












Marechal Joffre (Kuhlmann 187-1)(French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium compact cluster. Average vine size. Pedigree: Millardet 101-14 x Goldriesling (CH Rank:)

Neron (Kuhlmann 296-1) (French Hybrid) Black berries on small compact clusters. Winter Hardy. Pedigree: Millardet 101-14 x Knipperle' (CH Rank:)


Rudelin 17-5
(French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium to large compact clusters. Average vine size. Pedigree: Seibel 6905 x Bertille Seyve 2846 (CH Rank:)











Rudelin 60 (French Hybrid) Black berries on small compact clusters. Large vine. Pedigree: currently unknown (CH Rank:)

















Seyve Villard 64.209 (French Hybrid) Large red-black berries on large clusters. Productive vigorous vine. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 18-235 x Seyve Villard 36-152 (SV 12-375 x SV 18-315) (CH Rank:)

Seyve Villard 46.77 (French Hybrid) Large blue berries on medium clusters. Very productive, vigorous vines. Excellent mildew resistance. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 39-522(SV 19-228 x SV 18-315) x SV 23-657 (SV 12-417 x SV 3-160) (CH Rank:)


Seyve Villard 23.353
(French Hybrid) Blue berries on large loose clusters. Small vine. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Unknown (CH Rank:)












Seibel 12.393 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on medium loose clusters. Vigorous vine. Winter Hardy. Pedigree: currently unknown (CH Rank:)



















Seibel 5760 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on  medium to large loose clusters. Vigorous vine. Moderately winter hardy. Pedigree: currently unknown (CH Rank:)










Seibel 7052 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on large loose, well filled clusters. Vigorous vine. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Seibel 5163 x Siebel 880 (CH Rank:)











Villard Noir (French Hybrid) Black berries on medium compact clusters. pedigree: Seibel 7053 x Seibel 6905 (CH Rank:)


This Spring (2011) we planted:

L. Acadie Blanc (Canada) Moderately cold hardy white wine grape. Grown commercially in the Canadian Maritime and Quebec.  Pedigree: Cascade x Seyve Villard 14-287

Michurinets (Russia) Wine grape. Early vine shutdown. Capable of producing fine red Cabernet Sauvignon style red wine if the grapes can fully mature. Winter hardy to at least -25F. Pedigree: V. amurensis x Getsh


Seyve Villard 23-18
(French Hybrid) Black berries on large long clusters. Neutral bright red wine that improves considerably on aging. Winter hardy. Late bud break. Pedigree: Seibel 11803 x Seibel 5073
 








Seyve Villard 15-403 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on large compact clusters. Small yet productive vine. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Seibel 8214 x Seibel 6096











Baco Noir (French Hybrid) Jet black berries on very small compact clusters. Early bud break. Early maturity. The wine is highly colored,bitter, requires long age to improve. Hardy to about -15F. Pedigree: Folle Blanche x V. riparia

















Bath (New York) Black berry on medium compact clusters. Vigorous and very productive vine. Fairly winter hardy. Pedigree: Fredonia x NY 10805 (Chaselas Rose x Mills)

Aris Not much known yet. Pedigree: V. vinifera x V. riparia

Vandal Cliche (Cliche 84-14)(Canada) White grape. Produces a fruity,citrus wine. Usually harvested early at 18-19 brix to avoid  labrusca flavors. Cold hardy to about -34F. Pedigree: Vandal 64 (riparia 'Quebec') x Vandal 163 (Aurore x Chancellor)

Skujina-675 (Russia) Amber colored berries on small compact clusters. Mildew resistant. Pineapple flavored wine. Cold hardy to at least -35F. Pedigree: (Pearl of Csaba x Amurskiy) x Alpha


Remaily N.E. 21
(New York) Blue berries on small to medium sized clusters. Very high in berry resveratrol. We will use in breeding and testing the wine for resveratol content. Pedigree: V. riparia???
 

















Quebec (Canada) Small blue berries on small to medium clusters. Very early wood maturity. Female vine. Vigorous. Pedigree: currently unknown










Ill 179-1 (Illinois) Large amber colored berries on medium to large clusters. Vigorous vine. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 20-365 x Seibel 11342












Ill 199-6 (Illinois) Blue herbaceous flavored berry on large loose clusters. Medium vine vigor. Winter hardy. Pedigree: B15 (V. cordifolia) x Seyve Villard 20-365











Golden Muscat (New York) Golden colored berry on large compact clusters. Vine is vigorous and productive. Not as cold hardy as Concord. Pedigree: Muscat Hamburg x Diamond


















Valiant (South Dakota) Blue berries on small compact clusters. Extremely cold hardy to maybe -40F. Excellent for juice production. Matures early. Pedigree: Fredonia x SD S9-39 (V. riparia)











Kee-wah-din (Ohio) Blue-black berries on medium to large clusters. Produces wine similar to Baco Noir. Vine is vigourous and productive.Very cold hardy. Pedigree: Osbu x Baco Noir

Chontay (South Dakota) Large blue berry. Early maturity. Vigorous vine. Hardy to -40F. Pedigree: Massasoit x Beta


Stepnyak
(Germany) White wine. Productive. Pedigree: (Getish x V. amurensis) x Sibirkovyi


















Seyve Villard 18-307 (French Hybrid) Blue berries on large loose clusters. Small vine. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Seibel 7053 x Seyve Villard 12-375











Seyve Villard 7-111 (French Hybrid) Blue berry on large compact cluster. Good production. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Couderc 3 x ??????

















Baltica (also called Hasanski Sladki) (Russia) Blue berries that produce a light cherry flavored wine. Very early ripening. Very cold hardy to -32F. Pedigree: Dalnivostochnyi 60 x V. amurensis

ES 15-53 Tremendous winter hardiness. Used as rootstock and in breeding. Pedigree: Open Pollinated MN 78


Seyve Villard 18-118
(French Hybrid) Pink berries on large well filled clusters. Small vine. Winter hardy. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 12-308 x Seibel 8745












Seyve Villard 64-209 (French Hybrid) Large red-black berries on large long clusters. Highly producive and vigorous vine. Pedigree: Seyve Villard 18-235 x Seyve Villard 36-152 (SV 12-375 x SV 18-315)


B 55
(Illinois) Very large loose clusters. High in berry resveratrol. Used in breeding. Pedigree: Wild material
















Seibel 6905
(French Hybrid) Jet black berries on medium clusters. Early ripening. In France considered to be one of the best hybrids for red wine production.  Pedigree: Seibel 4595 x Seibel 4199  I would like to thank Bill Shoemaker of the University of Illinois (St Charles) for giving me some cuttings from his collection!

In spring 2012 we planted these varieties:
 
Uzbekistanian Muscat (Russian Federation)

Elita 2-3-61 (Former Soviet Union)

Suputinsky Bietyz (Poland)

FS4 (Germany)

Tajoznyt Izumrud

Siegfried
 (Germany) -Riesling hybrid

Ravat 263 (French Hybrid)

Zayla Gyoengye (Hungary)

Norakert PGR 2224 (Former Soviet Union)

Siewiernyj (Poland)

Karamrajut (Germany)

Kultezhinski (Former Soviet Union)

Landot 1678

Seyval Noir
(S.V. 5-247)

Rkaziteli

In the spring of 2013 we hope to plant these varieties:

Joannes-seyve 23-416

Seibel 10173

Seibel 14665

Landot 244

Seyve Villard 15-151

Joannes Seyve 12-428

Totmur (Baco 2-16)

Pinard (Kuhlmann 191-1)

Oberlin 604

Baco Blanc (Baco 22A)

Canada Muscat

Couderc 299-35

Rudelin 6-96

Beaufort

Zala Gyoengye
 
Humbert 3

Beaver

Bertille Seyve 6283

Couderc Noir (Couderc 7120)

Bertille Seyve 6264

Perbos 226

Bertille Seyve 3563

Seibel 2

Galibert 128-8

Seyve-Villard 15-403

Seibel 1077

Bertille Seyve 2862

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