News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program
August 31, 2017
Defining and Developing Management Strategies for Sour Rot
A four-year study by Megan Hall and Wayne Wilcox shows that yeast, acetic acid bacteria, and Drosophila fruit flies are all essential for sour rot to develop and spread.
Five Questions for Jim Meyers
Jim Meyers, Ph.D. '11, brings diverse experience and new technologies as the recently-appointed viticulture specialist for the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program.
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Celebrates 25 Years
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program recently celebrated its 25th anniversary by hosting an open house, showcasing the current projects in research and extension.
Shaulis Summer Scholar Quinlan Corbett: From Acting to Science
Selected as the 2017 Shaulis Summer Scholarship recipient, Quinlan Corbett is working in the lab with virologist Marc Fuchs to determine whether wild grapevines harbor the grapevine red blotch-associated virus.
New York-Certified, Virus-Tested Vines are on Their Way to Growers
New York nurseries are planting new motherblocks with virus-free plant materials produced according to the stringent “2010 Protocol”. NY Ag and Markets inspectors will test and certify these vines, giving growers access to New York-certified, virus-tested grapevines.
Understanding FSMA: Questions About New Food Safety Regulations
The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2011 represents the biggest change to food safety in decades. Chris Gerling explains how these changes will impact the grape and wine industry.
EFFICIENT VINEYARD PROJECT FOCUS
Efficient Vineyard is a collaboration among researchers, extension officers, and grape growers using spatial sensing technology to measure commercial vineyards at a higher resolution.
Mechanical variable shoot rate thinning in commercial Concord vineyards (Blog - June 2017)
Collaboration between researchers and local Concord growers demonstrates that using variable-rate shoot thinning technology can effectively balance crop potential.
Variable rate shoot thinning shows economic promise (Blog - September 2016)
Kevin Martin explains how minimizing upfront costs make variable shoot thinning technologies practical for grape growers as small as 50 acres.
IN THE NEWS
- VitisGen Project to Improve Grapes Gets Big Boost
VitisGen2, a collaboration of 25 scientists from 11 institutions working since 2011 to accelerate the development of the next generation of grapes, was recently renewed with a $6.5 million grant from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative.
- Vanden Heuvel Outlines Next Steps in Grape Sampling
In this podcast, Justine Vanden Heuvel explains to California's Central Coast Vineyard Team how using satellite NDVI images for crop estimation could save California growers tremendous amounts of time and effort.
- Graduate student honored for grape disease research
Doctoral student Megan Hall received the 2017 Presidents' Award for Scholarship in Viticulture from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.
- Berry for your thoughts: Contest seeks name for grape
During summer 2017, a new table grape released by Bruce Reisch sought one key feature: a name. This new varietyis a large seedless, flavorful berry with an appealing blue color similar to Concord.