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Issue 11, August 2012

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program 

Issue 11 August 2012

Grape Bloom


Climate, Duration of Bloom, and the Window of Risk for Grapevine Diseases. (pdf)
Bloom and berry development is much more variable in climates with warmer winter temperatures. Extended bloom lengthens the narrow window of susceptibility of fruit to pathogens such as powdery mildew, downy mildew and black rot.

Alan Lakso


5 Questions for Alan Lakso
Alan Lakso joined Cornell in 1973. A professor of horticulture based at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, he is a crop physiologist studying the interactions of vine development, the environment, and cultural practices.

Jim Bedient


Industry Organizations Petition Ag & Markets for a Grape Research and Development Order
Branchport grower Jim Bedient talks about an industry petition to the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets to establish the New York Grape Research and Development Program to provide industry funding for research.

Student Focus


Students Try their Hand at Research and Extension
Undergraduates Lucas Hartman '14 and Melissa Aellen '13 spent their summer working on research and extension projects with faculty at Cornell's New York State Experiment Station.

Extension Focus


Update: Economic Impact of Lake Erie Concord and Niagara Freeze Events
Updated crop estimates by Lake Erie extension team project $28 million reduction in gross receipts for Concord and Niagara growers in the region.


  • Cornell's 'Name that Grape' Request Goes Viral
    Grape breeder Bruce Reisch's request for suggestions on naming two new wine grape cultivars gets picked up by local and national media.  Pandemonium ensues.
  • Student-Run Vineyard is Certified Organic
    A block of about 500 grapevines at Cornell Orchards -- a little more than half an acre -- is now certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. It is the product of a two-semester course called Sustainable and Organic Grape and Wine Production designed by Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel.


  • Four Geneva-based Cornell students awarded American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Scholarships
    • Amanda Sims (Horticulture, Lakso Lab)
    • Paola Leonor Barba Burgos (Plant Breeding, Reisch Lab)
    • Charles Frohman (Food Science and Technology, Mira Lab)
    • Melissa Aellen (undergraduate, Viticulture and Enology)
    • Lindsay Jordan (Horticulture, Vanden Heuvel Lab)

all received scholarships from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. Jordan also received additional honors, including an American Wine Society Educational Foundation scholarship and an ASEV Eastern Section scholarship, for her research examining the use of annual cover crops in Finger Lakes vineyards to reduce vine vigor and improve Riesling wine quality.