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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, August 2018


RESEARCH FOCUS
Sensors Provide Information to Guide Variable-Rate Mechanical Fruit Thinning and Prevent Overcropping of Concord Grapes

The Efficient Vineyard project has successfully used GIS mapping of sensor data to modify harvester bow-rod shaking speed on-the-fly for variable-rate mechanical crop thinning to reduce overcropping.  (also see video below).


FEATURED VIDEO

Demonstrations of a mechanical grape harvester during crop estimation and crop thinning at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory.


FACULTY FOCUS

Five Questions for Jason Londo

USDA grape geneticist Jason Londo studies the genetics and physiology of cold-hardiness as a member of the USDA's Grape Genetics Research Unit, based at Cornell AgriTech (the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station) at Geneva, NY.


STUDENT FOCUS

The Vanden Heuvel Lab’s Visiting Student from Across the Pond: Sam Kozlowski

Between busy days in the vineyard, Sam answered questions about his interests, current research, and about how a former aerospace engineer wound up involved in grapes and wine.


GRAPES 101

What Happens from Véraison to Harvest?

The development of grapes from fertilized flowers to ripened fruit is a complex physical and chemical process: sugars, acids, polyphenols, aroma and flavor compounds, and berry size and softness are all in flux.


AWARDS

Grapevine Management Work Nets Cornell Doctoral Student Three Awards

Anne Kearney (PhD student in Justine Vanden Heuvel's lab) received three scholarships for her research on the canopy management practice palissage.

Plant Pathology Doctoral Student Receives the 2018 Gilmer Award

Elizabeth Cieniewicz (PhD student in Marc Fuch's lab) studies grapevine viruses including red blotch.

 

Viticulture and Enology Doctoral Students win ASEV Awards for Best Presentations

Elizabeth Burzynski (PhD student in Gavin Sacks' lab) won best viticulture student presentation at the 2018 National conference, while Anne Kearney (PhD student in Justine Vanden Heuvel's lab) and Demi Perry (PhD student in Gavin Sacks' lab) won best viticulture and enology student presentations, respectively, at the 2018 Eastern Section conference


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