VitisGen2: Application Of Next Generation Technologies To Accelerate Grapevine Cultivar Development

Lead Authors: Drs. Bruce Reisch and Lance Cadle-Davidson, Cornell University & USDA-ARS GGRU

Grant Amount - Phase Two, SCRI Grant, $6,550,976 through August 2021

In the second phase of this game-changing research, the VitisGen team will expand on progress made in developing novel economic, phenotyping and genetics knowledge and tools related to new grape cultivars. And they plan to translate these and previous VitisGen innovations into new applications for improving grape breeding programs and managing existing vineyard plantings.

New Detection, Research and Extension Tools for Managing Wood-Canker Diseases of Fruit and Nut Crops

Lead Authors: Drs. Kendra Baumgartner and Themis Michaelides, USDA-ARS at UCD

Grant Amount - SCRI CAP Grant, $4.3 million in 2012; renewed in 2014 over 5 years, through September 2017

A multi-crop (grape, pistachio and almond) project was funded in 2012 to tackle trunk diseases, the leading reason for vineyard removal in many parts of the country. Because the industry lacks disease diagnostic tools (other than saws) it is estimated that these diseases result in losses of over $200 million each year.

Vineyard Efficiency through High-Resolution, Spatio-Temporal Crop Load Measurement and Management

Lead Authors: Drs. Terry Bates and Stephen Nuske, Cornell & Carnegie-Mellon Universities

Grant Amount - NGWI Funded pilot project 2010-2015; SCRI for $6.2 million over 4 years, through 2019

The Efficient Vineyard project seeks to develop sensor and mechanization technology to measure crop load and assess canopy with real-time imaging to enhance our ability to achieve vine balance and eventually develop tools for precision viticulture.