A Field Trip to Wolfskill

May began with NGRA’s Mid-Year Board Meeting in Winters, CA. The location was chosen so that Board members could visit the Wolfskill Germplasm Repository there—many for the first time. UC Davis owns the land where the repository lives: the Wolfskill Experimental Orchards. Named for the family that owned and deeded it to the university, the […]

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Your Phenotype Is Showing

In my seven years (this month) with NGRA, I’ve found that few topics can stop a conversation quicker than genetics. Start talking to people about the ins and outs of marker-assisted grape breeding and watch the curtain fall across their attention span as they mentally check out. But genetic research is critical to the sustainability […]

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Citizen Scientists ‘Scrape for the Grape’ in Virginia

Citizen Science to the Rescue! Scrape for the Grape Eliminates Millions of Spotted Lanternflies in Virginia On Saturday, April 6, 2024, nearly 400 Loudoun County, VA, residents rose up in defense of their beloved vineyards and wineries to “Scrape for the Grape.” This innovative and fun citizen science initiative unleashed volunteers armed with credit-card-sized Scrape […]

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’Tis the ‘Season’

This column appeared in the March 2024 NGRA newsletter. Having welcomed spring this month, I’m reminded of a conversation I had a few years ago involving the word “season.” I was talking with a computer engineer about a sensor that had emerged from an NGRA-initiated research project. The developers were planning field trials in five […]

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Snag Some Gently Used Automation Equipment

Are you an extension agent, germplasm curator or viticulturist looking to automate vineyard trial plots? Or a forward-thinking farmer seeking to dip a toe in or upgrade your mechanization game? Scheid Family Wines is offering three V-Mech units designed for mechanized pre-pruning and/or shoot thinning, each located at their vineyard in Greenfield, CA. Get the […]

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For the Love of Science

February, the month of love, romance or, as some may say, chemistry. Mostly, we view the chemical compounds that attract us to potential mates as positive. For the poor vine mealybug, their sex pheromone may be their undoing. As explained in the Research Focus article in our February newsletter, two USDA-ARS scientists—Jacob Corcoran and Walt […]

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A Big Quiet Moment

Despite the frigid temperatures in some parts of the country, January came in hot for NGRA. So much happened this month of 2024! From the annual meeting of a flagship NGRA research project, VitisGen3, to our First-of-Year Board meeting, from our first-ever booth at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (booth graphics sponsored by Wonderful […]

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Sponsor the NGRA Newsletter!

New this year, the National Grape Research Alliance is offering the opportunity to sponsor our monthly NGRA newsletter, the only national industry publication to focus exclusively on grape research. Our newsletter reaches a national audience of 8,000 subscribers (as of June 2024) innovative, first-adopter growers as well as university scientists and federal administrators each month, […]

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Remembering Deb Golino

Deborah Golino, the Director of UC Davis’ Foundation Plant Services (FPS) until her retirement in 2021, passed away on December 23, 2023. She was 70. Deborah was a long-time NGRA Board member. Later, she would become one of our first three Science Advisory Council members, appointed in 2020. She was ever an ally, advisor and […]

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