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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Development of Improved Grape Production and Utilization Practices in the Pacific Northwest

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative research project is to conduct collaborative viticulture research of mutual benefit to ARS and the University of Idaho. The research conducted by the University of Idaho will be complementary to the wine grape research program established by ARS at the University of Idaho’s Parma Research and Extension Center. The broad objective of the ARS program is to investigate integrated, sustainable production practices for development of improved vineyard management strategies and improved end product quality or perceived market value.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Investigate critical management and production practices impacting wine grape quality components. Emphasis will be placed on water and canopy management, endproduct processing methods, as well as germplasm evaluation. Documents SCA with U of ID - Parma. Formerly 5358-21000-034-15S (12/2008). Formerly 5358-21000-041-01S (9/2009). Congressionally mandated.


3.Progress Report

This research relates to objective 1 of the parent project. Grapevine samples were collected from the Lewiston area and the Caldwell areas of Idaho. In Lewiston very few Grapevine leafroll associated viruses (GLRaVs) were detected, while in the Caldwell area, where most grapes in Idaho are grown, a high incidence of GLRaVs was observed. In addition, many vineyards in the Caldwell area had high populations of the grape mealybug, a vector of GLRaVs in the vineyards. Table grapes were noted as having wider spectrum of grapevine viruses, including those from the rugose wood complex which were not commonly found in wine grapes in Idaho and could potentially serve as a source of inoculum for these viruses into wine grapes. This information has been presented to growers at field days and winter meetings. We continue to make progress on our collaborative research on critical management and production practices (grapevine leafroll associated virus, irrigation, etc.) impacting wine grape components. Project monitoring included stakeholders meetings, lab meetings, e-mails, and phone calls.


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