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$163 billion grape industry at risk due to spread of grapevine red blotch virus with no known treatment

$163 billion grape industry at risk due to spread of grapevine red blotch virus with no known treatment

Posted Feb 7th, 2020 in Resources

$3 million grant given to institutions in California and Oregon to address unknowns of disease and mitigate its effects on grape production, wine quality Less than an hour from UC Davis, lie the towns of Napa and Sonoma, both hubs of the $163 billion US grape industry. California-grown grapes makes up 90% of the country’s wine production, yet they are at risk as a currently untreatable grapevine disease spreads rapidly across the country but especially in California and Oregon vineyards. 

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Surviving Climate Change: Replanting Wine Regions to Different Varieties May Be Key, Study Finds

Surviving Climate Change: Replanting Wine Regions to Different Varieties May Be Key, Study Finds

Posted Feb 4th, 2020 in Resources

Ancient, heat-hardy wine grapes are being resurrected in Spain to deal with rising temperatures. Worried producers in Bordeaux—where Cabernet and Merlot have long ruled—have approved the use of seven new wine grapes from Portugal, Spain and southern France in their blends. The University of California at Davis recently released five new hybrid grape varieties—its first such release since the 1980s—to resist vine-killing insects expected to proliferate as winters warm.

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2020- International Year of Plant Health

2020- International Year of Plant Health

Posted Dec 10th, 2019 in News Articles, Resources

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

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OGWRI Request for Proposals as part of the Marketing Vineyard Improvement Program with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

OGWRI Request for Proposals as part of the Marketing Vineyard Improvement Program with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Posted Dec 10th, 2019 in News Articles, Resources

Ontario Grape and Wine Research Incorporated invite research proposals for the Research and Innovation Development Initiative (R&ID) component for the Marketing Vineyard Improvement Program (MVIP). The objective of this program is to provide funds to improve the quality, productivity and adaptability of grape and wine production by promoting industry-wide access to innovative tools, technologies, resources, knowledge and information for grape and wine making. All activities must start on or ...

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Virus surveys of commercial vineyards show value of planting certified vines

Virus surveys of commercial vineyards show value of planting certified vines

Posted Nov 28th, 2019 in Resources

Viruses are of great concern in vineyards. They cost the California wine grape industry as much as $91,661 per acre over the life of a vineyard, according to a 2015 economic study of the North Coast wine-growing region. As a first step towards managing viruses, growers are encouraged to plant certified material regulated by the California Registration and Certification program. There are risks in sourcing material from stocks that are not subject to the same level of regulation. We surveyed ...

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XI International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology - Announcement + Call for Abstracts

XI International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology - Announcement + Call for Abstracts

Posted Nov 26th, 2019 in Resources

XI International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology, Stellenbosch (South Africa). The symposium, organised under the auspices of the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS), will be hosted on the African continent for the first time. During the sessions and keynote lectures, the latest trends in grapevine physiology and biotechnology research with a focus on the chosen theme of “Grapevine Interactions” will be discussed.

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11th Annual International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, 2019

11th Annual International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases, 2019

Posted Nov 6th, 2019 in Resources

The 11th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases (IWGTD) was held in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, on July 7–12, 2019. This workshop was chaired by Dr. Úrbez-Torres and organized by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Plant Pathology Laboratory at the Summerland Research and Development Centre (SuRDC). The 11th IWGTD also marked the 20th Anniversary of the workshop, which has been organized every two years since 1999. Delegates were presented the first day with an overvi...

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A Virus Scouting and Vine Rogueing Program in Lodi Vineyards

A Virus Scouting and Vine Rogueing Program in Lodi Vineyards

Posted Nov 1st, 2019 in Resources

LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards in Lodi has implemented a vineyard virus scouting, mapping and vine rogueing program aimed at managing leafroll and red blotch virus infections and preventing their spread. The program, used in newer plantings of red winegrape varieties (planted since about 2013) is modeled after a successful program used in South Africa where vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) and leafroll viruses have been ongoing management issues in winegrape vineyards.

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Canadian Grapevine Resources & Research

Canadian Grapevine Resources & Research

Posted Oct 29th, 2019 in Resources

Relevant information and resources for Canadian grape growers and wineries to incorporate into on-farm practices.

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Tools for Managing Bio-Security

Tools for Managing Bio-Security

Posted Oct 28th, 2019 in Resources

Bio-security refers to a series of management practices designed to prevent, minimize and manage the introduction and spread of pests. This includes pests not established in Canada, pests established in limited areas of Canada, and pests widely distributed that can spread from farm to farm.

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