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Issue 43, November 2020

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News from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program, November 2020

arbuscular mycorrhizae in grape rootsRESEARCH FOCUS

Enhancing Vine Health with Commercial Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculants

Mycorrhizal fungi colonize roots and can increase nutrient and water uptake from the soil. Justine Vanden Heuvel's greenhouse and field trials with commercially available products increased root growth and tissue nutrient levels in mature, commercial vineyard trials.

Efficient vineyard logoRESEARCH FOCUS

Video Overview of Efficient Vineyard Project (9 minute video)

The recently-concluded five-year Efficient Vineyard Project, led by Dr. Terry Bates, focused on affordable sensors to measure, model, and manage vineyard variability in soil, vigor, and cropping levels. This video provides an overview of the project and its impacts.


COVID-19 Changes Internship Opportunities for Cornell Students

Remote classes and social distancing offered viticulture and enology students the opportunity to extend internships into the fall.  Some experienced fall fires that swept through Northern California.

Spotted Lanternfly - Lawrence Barringer PA Dept AgEXTENSION FOCUS

Spotted Lanternfly Eggs Detected in the Finger Lakes

The invasive pest Spotted Lanternfly is expanding its range from initial infestations in Southeast Pennsylvania.  Live adults and egg cases were detected in early November in Ithaca, NY.


  • Robotics Revolution, Part 1 (Podcast)
    Cornell Senior Research Associate David Gadoury hosts this podcast with USDA researcher Lance Cadle-Davidson about the use of robotics to guide UV sprayers and quantify powdery mildew to identify disease resistance genes

  • New grant fuels better nutrient management in vineyards
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $676,000 grant to a pair of Cornell researchers, Terry Bates and Justine Vanden Heuvel, aiming to use high resolution sensors to help vineyard growers identify nutrient deficiencies.