HCS Seminar Series Spring 2015
Peter S. Cousins
Star Charts and Spare Parts: Genes that Make Grapevines
ABSTRACT: Variations in plant growth and development provide opportunities for variety improvement through breeding and for investigations into gene functions. Grapevines are phenotypically plastic and genetically highly diverse, yet after thousands of years of cultivation and more than a century of genetics study, the targeted development of new grape varieties and connection of genes to wine quality is still an emerging discipline. Find out about new genetic stocks and methods that are being used now to create the grapes of tomorrow!
Luncheon with Speaker: All students are invited to join Dr. Cousins after his seminar presentation for pizza and refreshments to continue discussion about his research and career opportunities at his company.
Biography and Contact: Peter Cousins is a grape breeder at E. & J. Gallo Winery. The grapevine improvement program he leads focuses on the breeding, introduction, and evaluation of proprietary wine grape varieties and selections with enhanced quality. Before joining E. & J. Gallo Winery, Peter was grape rootstock breeder and geneticist with USDA ARS, based at Geneva, New York, for more than 12 years and in that role he bred and introduced five grape varieties, including rootstocks and genetics research varieties. Peter grew up on his family’s vegetable farm east of Ceres in California’s Central Valley. He studied plant science at Modesto Junior College and received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. His dissertation research in Genetics at the University of California, Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology examined the inheritance of nematode resistance in grape rootstocks and the evolution of Vitis x champinii, a wild grape. Dr. Cousins can be contacted at E. & J. Gallo Winery, 600 Yosemite Blvd, Modesto, CA 95354, phone 209-341-3111.
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM
Kottman 244 (Columbus)
121 Fisher Auditorium (Wooster)