Education

Viticulture Greenhouse Groundbreaking to be Livestreamed

Supporters of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State are invited to sign up for a virtual groundbreaking event for a new campus greenhouse that was made possible thanks to a fundraising campaign initiated nearly a decade ago by the Viticulture Club. Due to COVID-19 social gathering restrictions, Fresno State Interim President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval will keynote the virtual …

What to Expect at the 2021 Virtual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

– SPONSORED CONTENT – The 2021 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium’s virtual format is designed to offer you the same quality information, while being responsive to the new realities of a world facing a pandemic. Beyond making logical adaptations, we have also chosen session topics that reflect the specific challenges of the past year. We want to arm you with …

$100,000 Gift Completes Fundraising for New Fresno State Viticulture Greenhouse

Fresno State graduate students Leah Groves and Moriah Mehlman are the perfect example why Oro Agri, an international leader in biorational crop products, continues to invest in the future of California agriculture through a partnership with Fresno State. Mehlman, a research chemist at the company’s local U.S. headquarters, is working on a joint master’s project in the 120-acre campus vineyard …

Whitehall Lane Winery Released the First-Ever Camminare Noir and Paseante Noir Wines Made from California’s Newest Sustainable Grape Varieties Developed at UC Davis

These red wines were 20 years in the making; or rather, the grape vines took two decades to develop. Whitehall Lane joined forces with Dr. Andrew Walker of UC Davis and Dr. Paul Skinner of Vineyard Investigations in Napa Valley and planted these experimental grape varieties because they are highly resistant to Pierce’s disease. Pierce’s disease is caused by a …

Women Leaders Awarded Scholarships by E&J Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation

In an inspirational virtual ceremony that emphasized diversity, community and a dedication to the advancement of women, 24 women leaders were awarded $80,000 in educational scholarships from E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Women Behind the Wine Educational Fund in collaboration with the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation. The scholarships, which will empower and support the professional development of the next generation …

Canine Scent Detection Holds Promise in PA’s Fight Against Spotted Lanternfly

A new pilot training program from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) points to a promising solution in Pennsylvania’s efforts to thwart the Spotted Lanternfly. By utilizing scent detection dogs to identify Spotted Lanternfly egg masses, Penn Vet researchers hope to proactively neutralize the destructive insects before they become a fully realized threat as a mature adult. The …

ASEV Awards 50 North American Students With $107,500 in Scholarships

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) selected 50 scholarship recipients to receive $107,500 in financial support in their pursuit of scientific research and advancement in enology or viticulture. Two of the scholarship recipients, Rachel Allison (Enology) from Cornell University, New York, and Jaclyn Fiola (Viticulture) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, received the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in …

Potassium Nutrition in SJV Vineyards

With summer season upon us, an understanding of the seasonal uptake of potassium (K) is essential to time fertilizer applications. Potassium is required by grapevines in large amounts and is essential for vine and fruit growth. In the spring from budbreak to bloom there is a high demand for K as new growth develops at a high rate. The most …

New Fresno State Wine Club Features Alumni-Produced Brands

Although they graduated more than a decade apart, Fresno State alumni Nathan Cardella and Joseph Maldonado fondly shared the same memories as many current enology students. “The smell that would radiate during crush, bottling or racking,” Cardella said. “The best part was being able to still smell it during classes. It brought back memories of working in our family vineyards …

Detecting Emerging Pesticide Resistance in Grapes

Fungal pathogens, like the ones present in many specialty crops, often change over time. This means, for example, that resistance to certain fungicides might also vary from year to year. Improved knowledge about which types of pathogens are present will allow growers to invest in the most cost-effective disease management strategies. Timothy Miles, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the …

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