Washington wine commission sets research prioritiesGood Fruit Grower // Jul 26, 2017A new optical sorting machine was in place for the 2014 crush at Canoe Ridge Estate Winery.(Melissa Hansen/Good Fruit Grower)The Washington State Wine Commission has approved a list of research priorities for the coming year.The list was assembled by the Wine Research Advisory Committee, which serves as the wine commission’s scientific review arm.The commission surveyed wineries, grape growers and researchers in putting together the list.The program’s current cycle, which started July 1, funded more than $1 million in viticulture and enology research at Washington State University.Washington state Viticulture and Enology research prioritiesJuly 1, 2017-June 30, 2018Fermentation ManagementPhenolic measurement and managementYeast strains, including indigenous (influence on fermentation, sensory properties, etc.)Management of microbiological spoilage (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, etc.)Management at winery of diseased/disordered fruit (Botrytis, bunch rot, shrivel)Impact/management of nutrients on fermentation (e.g. fermentation adjuvants)Fermentation management and monitoring (cap extraction, process control, real-time methods, etc.)Aroma and Flavor Compounds in WineImpact of various filtration options on wine quality (chemistry, mouth feel, oxygen impact, etc.)Vineyard-derived sulfur off aromas—avoidance and removalOptimizing sensory compounds in wine (e.g. role of glutathione on oxidation)Smoke taint analysis and removalWinery WasteDevelop methods to recycle/reuse/repurpose biomass from harvestWinery waste and water managementViticulture Production Efficiency and ProfitabilityImpact of canopy management/mechanization on wine qualityImprove water use efficiency/water savings to optimize grape production and wine flavorsImpact on vine health from water quality (salinity, alkalinity, others)Develop nutrient management for optimal vine healthDevelop/assess labor-savings crop estimation toolBerry and sour shrivelOptimize clonal selections for Washington StateImpact of field grafting (vinifera to vinifera)Pest Control, including Sustainable and OrganicDevelop strategies for viral disease management (preventing spread, replanting, impact on vine health, developing vector control, etc.)Develop/refine strategies for all pests (insect, weeds, disease, vertebrate) with economic impact potential, with emphasis on stable, biological systemsTrunk canker disease managementManagement of powdery mildew and Botrytis (early detection, efficacy of new fungicides, resistance management, etc.)Develop nematode management strategies (efficacy, economic thresholds, resistant rootstock)Develop effective control of birds, deer, gophers, and other vertebrateClimate Impacts on Site/ViticultureOptimum light and heat exposure of fruitImpact of climate variability on fruit maturity, dormancy, phenology, pest/disease managementWinter trunk injury and secondary infections (e.g. crown gall)Develop decision support system for inversion, frost protection (i.e. alert system)Mechanization OptionsDevelopment and evaluation of mechanization tools that reduce reliance on hand labor within the vineyard and winery (e.g. canopy management, pest management, crop reduction, sorting, MOG removal)Emerging IssuesUnforeseen viticulture and enology emerging issuesExtension bulletins for transfer of research information (i.e. publication costs)Comparative analysis of WA viticulture practices to other regions (e.g. sustainable pest and disease management systems) Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Good Fruit Grower2019-05-29T14:22:36-07:00July 26th, 2017|Good Fruit Grower, Grapes, News, Research, Updates| About the Author: Good Fruit Grower Good Fruit Grower is the essential resource for the tree fruit and grape growing industry. Keep up to date by following us on twitter or signing up for the bimonthly eFlash newsletter. Related Posts Grapevine trunk disease tactics November 24th, 2020| 0 Comments SWD-killing wasps to make their debut November 23rd, 2020| 0 Comments Retirement extensions benefit industry extension work November 23rd, 2020| 0 Comments Crop estimates and smoke taint talks at Day 2 of the Grape Society meeting November 20th, 2020| 0 Comments Syngenta announces scholarship program November 19th, 2020| 0 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.