News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
Issue 3 August 2010
This marks our third issue of Appellation Cornell. We're introducing a new feature called Research in Plain English, which features brief two-page summaries of recently published scientific journal articles in non-technical language. We have Amanda Garris, who also copy-edits and writes other articles, to thank for this feature. Hope you enjoy it!
-Chris Gerling (Enology) and Tim Martinson (Viticulture), co-editors
International Grapevine Genetics Conference: Vines without Powdery Mildew and Downy Mildew?
Advances in DNA sequencing and genetic techniques may speed development of vines with durable resistance to powdery and downy mildew through conventional breeding. Marker-assisted selection allows breeders to identify vines with multiple resistance genes with certainty. Resistance to these pathogens could dramatically reduce fungicide use.
5 Questions for Peter Cousins
Cousins, USDA Agricultural Research Service Geneticist and Rootstock Breeder, has been breeding rootstocks resistant to root-knot nematodes since joining the Grape Genetics Research Unit in 1999.
Sonoma Native Transfers to Cornell
Michael Tracy, from Healdsburg, California, transferred to Cornell this spring and is one of two Nelson J. Shaulis research scholars this summer.
Shaulis Fund Supports Student and Industry Education
Since 1978, The Nelson J. Shaulis Fund for the Advancement of Viticulture has supported educational symposia and student research.
Formal and Informal Wine Sensory Evaluation
Anna Katharine Mansfield discusses the purposes and applications of wine sensory evaluation.
IN THE NEWS
- Grape Industry Economic Boon for Lake Erie Region
The Jamestown New York Post-Standard cites history, $340 million economic impact for the Lake Erie grape belt, a 60-mile by 5-mile band encompassing 30,000 acres of grapes in western New York and Pennsylvania.
- Developing a Wine Marketing Plan for a New Winery
Emeritus Professor Gerald White lays out principles for new wineries to consider in this June, 2010 'Smart Marketing' article, an extension publication from Cornell's Applied Economics and Management Department.
- New Grape Berry Moth Forecasting Tool Available Online
A forecasting model for grape berry moth has been added to the NYS IPM Program's NEWA weather site.
- Cornell Students Intern Abroad and at Local Wineries
Summer internships brought students to France and Spain, as well as local wineries in New York.
RESEARCH IN PLAIN ENGLISH
- Leaf Removal and TDN associated with "Petrol Aromas" in Riesling (pdf)
The timing of leaf removal in the cluster zone can increase "petrol" aromas in Riesling.
- Sensory Descriptors for Frontenac (pdf)
A sensory analysis identifies the typical aroma profile of Frontenac wines.
- Concord Processing and Green Leaf Volatiles (pdf)
Heat treatments during Concord processing influence the presence of "green" aromas in Concord grape juice.
AWARDS and HONORS
- Three Cornell Graduate Students Receive Best Paper Awards at ASEV and ASEV-Eastern Section
Jim Meyers received the best viticulture poster award at the national American Society of Viticulture and Enology (ASEV) meeting in Seattle; Imelda Ryona and Michelle Moyer capture ASEV-Eastern Section awards.
- Nelson J. Shaulis Award Goes to Two Cornell Students at Geneva
Michael Tracy and David Bower are the 2010 Shaulis Summer Scholars