More webinars to be announced in late 2018 – stay tuned!
April 19th 2018, 2pm EST – Automated Evaluation of Grape Breeding Progeny to Reduce the Phenotyping Bottleneck
While genetic information is becoming inexpensive, measuring attributes of interest such as disease resistance or cluster architecture has been a laborious, manual process. VitisGen researchers are developing methods of more rapidly and objectively screening ‘mapping populations’. Their goal: to streamline the process of associating plant traits with genetic markers.
Panelists from the VitisGen2 Breeding and Local Phenotyping Team (from left to right):
-Lance Cadle-Davidson, VitisGen2 Project Co-Leader and USDA Research Plant Pathologist
-Rachel Naegele, USDA Research Horticulturist
-Anna Underhill, MSc student at University of Minnesota
March 13th 2018, 2pm EST – Europe is Starting to Embrace New, Disease Resistant Varieties
European wine producers have long focused on a small group of ancient, closely-related, name-brand varieties originating in the middle ages. Whether by legislation or market forces, growers have been wedded to a small list of approved names – resisting anything classified as a ‘hybrid’. But attitudes are changing. Mounting concern about fungicide usage near villages embedded within vineyard regions is driving growers to start planting new disease resistant winegrapes … even in Bordeaux. We will discuss the debate about new varieties now taking hold in Europe, and how attitudes towards new varieties are changing.
– Bruce Reisch, Professor, Cornell University
– Timothy Martinson, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University