Session

Looking Forward: How Grapevine Clean Plant Strategies Can be Improved
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

Virus diseases are a significant threat for grapegrowers. Vineyards infected with virus diseases can have reduced yield, fruit composition, and longevity. There is substantial demand for virus-tested, healthy grapevine nursery stock. Regulatory agencies and nurseries are moving ahead with efforts to produce a new level of virus-tested grapevine material for the industry.

Speakers will provide insight into the latest research on Red Blotch and other viruses. In addition, new regulations as well as nursery innovations and investments in increase blocks, testing of materials, etc. will be covered. The grower panel will discuss how they acquire clean material use novel testing techniques, and the importance of clean foundation blocks. And in addition, they will describe their experiences with best practices to combat and manage virus-infected vineyards.

Moderator: 
Lise Asimont, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, California

Speakers:
Marc Fuchs, Cornell University, New York
Deborah Golino, University of California, Davis
Randy Heinzen, Vineyard Professional Services, California
Craig Ledbetter, Vino Farms, California 
Neil McRoberts, University of California, Davis
Mike Means, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington 
Rich Schaefers, Silverado Investment Company, California

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