News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
November 30, 2016
Botrytis Bunch Rot: A Disease Requiring Integrated Control
Botrytis bunch rot, which causes damage to ripening grapes in temperate regions across the world including New York, is a common yet misunderstood disease that requires a diverse set of management techniques, discussed by Wayne Wilcox.
R&D Program supports growth and sustainability of NY grape industry
Industry groups have petitioned the Dept. of Ag & Markets to establish a farm-gate value assessment to fund a Grape Research and Development Program. In this article, growers from three New York regions express their views on the proposal.
Five Questions for Greg Loeb
Greg Loeb, professor of entomology, discusses his research on grapes and small fruit crops, and how this work helps grape growers and industry make cost-efficient crop management decisions that also minimize environmental impact.
Students Explore VIEN with Capstone Projects
Each year, undergraduate seniors in the Cornell Viticulture and Enology program conduct a "Capstone Project" to think critically about knowledge gained from class and also gain practical experience before entering the workforce.
- Geneva Project Explores Ways to Improve Northeast Grape Growing
Jason Londo, geneticist with the USDA-ARS Grape Genetics Unit, and a national team of researchers received an NSF award to map genetic traits in grapevine roots to improve grape growing and build resilience to environmental change.
- NYWGF Hosts Labor Session with Growers and Winery Owners
On November 10th, Finger Lakes grape industry members met with state and federal representatives from the Department of Labor to discuss labor compliance.
RESEARCH IN PLAIN ENGLISH
- Under-vine Management Impacts Soil Properties and Leachate Composition
Vineyard sustainability is greatly influenced by soil quality. This study by the Vanden Heuvel Group shows that under-vine cover crops may conserve soils and also buffer nutrient and agrochemical inputs from leaching into the environment.
- Pathogenesis-related Proteins Limit Condensed Tannin Retention in Red Wines
This study from the Sacks Lab examines pathogenesis-related proteins in red wines, and suggests that additional steps to remove protein during winemaking may lead to hybrid wines with better mouthfeel and more complexity.
IN THE NEWS
- Tech brings value to vineyards
Terry Bates, Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory Director, discusses how new sensor technology will improve vineyard management across the U.S. in this PeriodiCALS feature.
- Should wine drinkers worry about agrochemicals in wine?
In this Huffington Post article, Justine Vanden Heuvel questions the results of a recent test that found the herbicide glyphosate in finished wines, and discusses glyphosate's complicated role in viticulture and public perception.
- Vintage 2016: The only Finger Lakes constant is change
Weather conditions in 2016, ranging from one of the warmest winters on record to one of the driest growing seasons, were nearly opposite 2015, and to overcome these changes Finger Lakes growers should be adaptable, says Hans Walter-Peterson in this Finger Lakes Times article.
- Northern Grapes Project coming to an end
Wines & Vines highlights the Northern Grapes Project which came to an end this August, concluding a five-year collaborative study of cold-hardy grape variety performance in vineyards and wineries across the Northeast and Midwest.
USDA announces four teams win the first I-FAST Prize competition
Alan Lakso, emeritus professor of Horticulture, and a team of researchers from Cornell and the USDA are winners of the national Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology prize. Their nine-year collaboration won for developing a "microtensiometer" system that measures plant water and soil stresses.
Cornell graduate student earns Wine Market Council Scholarship
Applied Economics and Management Ph.D. candidate Jie Li '17 was named the inaugural Bob Kalik Scholarship recipient from the Wine Market Council. Her research examines wine marketing and consumer habits across non-traditional U.S. wine regions such as Michigan and Missouri.
Learn more about research and extension efforts in New York's diverse grape and wine regions in this promotional video for New York State Grape Programs.