Issue 10, May 2012

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program 
​Issue 10, May 2012


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RESEARCH FOCUS

Small But Mighty: 'Pixie' Grapevine Speeds up the Pace of Grape Genetics Research and Breeding. (pdf)
USDA Grape Genetics Research Unit scientist Peter Cousins describes a dwarf, continuously flowering and fruiting grapevine that is a new tool for speeding up grape breeding and reducing costs associated with genetic studies.


Jodi Creasap Gee

FACULTY FOCUS

5 Questions for Jodi Creasap Gee
Jodi Creasap Gee focuses on vineyard floor management, vine nutrition in Concords, and crop estimation in hybrid varieties as extension associate with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, a joint program of Cornell and Penn State.


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INDUSTRY FOCUS

Long Island Establishes Sustainability Certification Program
Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, Inc., an industry-led group, sets up the East's first certification and labeling program.


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EXTENSION FOCUS

Economic Impact of 2012 Frost and Freeze Events in the Lake Erie Region
Lake Erie Regional Grape Extension Program projects a potential $13M impact of spring freeze events on Concord and Niagara production in grape belt.


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STUDENT FOCUS

Flambé: More than a flash in the pan?
VIEN senior Christine Hansen presents research on flambé in student research session at American Chemical Society meetings in San Diego.


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GRAPES 101

Bud Fruitfulness and Yield
Bud fruitfulness is determined early in bud formation, starting around bloom and continuing through about 30 days after bloom during the previous growing season. Shaded buds are less fruitful than buds from canes exposed to sunlight.


IN THE NEWS

  • Researchers aim to help Northern vineyards, winemakers improve quality with new grape 
    Associated Press correspondent Dirk Lammers, based in South Dakota, featured the Northern Grapes Project in a March 29 feature article picked up by several media outlets.

BRIEFS

  • Radio Vino: Join Us at the PressPad
    Join extension viticulturist Hans Walter-Peterson and enologist Chris Gerling for a new podcast featuring discussions and interviews with university and industry experts about grape growing and winemaking concepts.  Downloadable to your smart phone, mp3 player or iPod over the internet and iTunes store.  Suitable for tractor or tank room.

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