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Issue 9, March 2012

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program  
Issue 9, March 2012

Crown Gall


How Close are We to Crown Gall-free Nursery Stock? (pdf)
Dr. Tom Burr's laboratory is developing improved diagnostic tests for Agrobacterium vitis, causal agent of crown gall, and screening shoot-tip cultured vines for inclusion in the Foundation Plant Service's new foundation vineyard near Davis, CA.  Crown gall-tested vines should delay and reduce crown gall problems in new vineyards.

Ian Merwin


5 Questions for Ian Merwin
Ian Merwin, horticulture professor and longtime teacher of both viticulture and pomology courses, is phasing into retirement  after playing an instrumental role in establishing viticulture and enology program at the college.

Industry Focus


Anthony Road Wine Company, Finger Lakes Grape Program and Finger Lakes Community College collaborate on new teaching vineyard
New teaching vineyard is a new resource for Cooperative Extension, FLCC students.

student focus


Where Are They Now?
Graduates of Cornell's Viticulture and Enology program: Where are they now? Three grads share their experiences.



How Grapevines Reconnect in the Spring
In midwinter, buds are isolated from the rest of the vine's vascular system. Signals from the buds reactivate the vine's vascular cambium, reconnecting shoots, trunks, and roots - a process starting at budswell and ending at bloom.




Craig Austin

2012 Best Viticulture Paper Award. Cornell scientists  Craig Austin, Jim Meyers, and Wayne Wilcox and Gary Grove of Washington State University have received  the 2012 Best Viticulture Paper award from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture for their article entitled Powdery Mildew Severity as a Function of Canopy Density: Associated Impacts on Sunlight Penetration and Spray Coverage The ASEV committee selects one paper in the field of enology and one in the field of viticulture that is deemed outstanding in its content and a substantial contribution to the field.  This work was described in a research focus article, published in Appellation Cornell in 2010, entitled Heat and UV Radiation from sunlight exposure inhibit powdery mildew.