Presenter: Thomas Todaro
Advisors: Dr. Imed Dami, Dr. Joseph Scheerens and Dr. John Cardina
Proposal Type: MS Proposal
Title of Presentation: Evaluating Cultural Practices for Quality Improvement and Recovery from Cold Damage in Grapes.
Abstract: The grape and wine industry contributes nearly 800 million dollars a year to Ohio’s economy. However, the continued growth of the industry is challenged by inconsistent fruit quality and crop supply due to winter damage. We propose to address those problems by developing production systems tailored to the unique environmental conditions in Ohio. The first objective of this study will be to identify the “Best Viticultural Practices” by evaluating their impact on yield, fruit and wine quality, and economics of two important Vitis vinifera cultivars, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris. The second objective will be to evaluate trunk renewal methods for grapevine recovery after winter damage. Cultural practices will be documented with photographs and videos for use as educational tools for extension and teaching. The findings of this project are valuable to Ohio grape growers by providing research-based tools to improve vine health, increase fruit and wine quality and provide practical information on managing winter-injured vines.