Since 2008, NGWI has been instrumental in generating more than $40 million in research for grape research. Our research focus spans four theme areas, outlined below. These areas are organized into theme committees whose members leverage their considerable talent and expertise to help us target needs for further study, organize project teams, seek project funding, remain engaged for the span of the project, and ensure outreach/education efforts are in place so that research outcomes benefit the industry.
NGWI-supported projects involve multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-state collaboration and target issues that no single grape sector could adequately address on its own. Leadership and funding are provided through creative public-private partnerships among government, academic and nonprofit organizations, and private businesses committed to research, development and adoption of best practices in the American grape and wine industries.
To learn more about how projects are identified and vetted, check out our Research Process. And click Current Research at left to see what we’re working on now.
NGWI Theme Areas
Natural Resources and Environment
Focuses on water use and sustainability, remote sensing for monitoring vine and soil water status, soil health and sustainability, and climate change.
Integrated Vineyard Production Systems
Spans agronomics, remote and proximal sensors for improving production efficiency, vineyard design, mechanization, and improved pest- and disease-management systems.
Genetics and Grapevine Improvement
Cultivates advances in genomics, bioinformatics, traditional breeding, marker-assisted selection, molecular physiology, cultivar and clonal selection, and disease-free plant materials.
Extension and Outreach
Supports the national, state and regional objectives of extension and outreach specialists; ensures that research is put into practical application and that field observations for knowledge are bubbled up.