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Research Project: Developing Sustainable Water Management Strategies for Vineyards

Location: Water Management Research

Project Number: 5302-13000-011-05
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2015

Objective:
1. Develop sustainable water management strategies for wine, table, raisin, and juice grape production using limited water supplies. 2. Develop sustainable water and soil management strategies for minimizing the impacts of drought and salinity on the root zone environment, grape yield and quality. 3. Establish rootstock recommendations based on drought resistance and salinity tolerance. 4. Quantify the effects of various water management strategies on fruit and product composition, and sensory qualities. 5. Quantify the economic impacts of drought and salinity on grape production under different biophysical soil and water characteristics and alternative management strategies. 6. Disseminate study findings via web based education and farmer outreach.

Approach:
This research will be conducted using both laboratory and field research sites. The field research will conducted in the Central Valley and Paso Robles, CA and in Washington State. Laboratory studies will be conducted at UC Davis and the Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, CA, as well as a Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Specialty Crops Research Initiative.

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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