Issue 3, August 2010

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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


Grape Breeding

COMMENTARY

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.


Peter Cousins

FACULTY FOCUS

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.


Michael Tracy

STUDENT FOCUS

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.


Nelson Shaulis

INDUSTRY FOCUS

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.


wine glasses

GRAPES 101

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.

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RESEARCH IN PLAIN ENGLISH


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