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Join us, virtually, on April 7 and 8, 2021, for Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology (RAVE)!  Get the latest updates on technologies to track vineyard water use and stress for irrigation management, new approaches to study wine oxidation, development of low-cost ET sensors, the latest update on the impacts of grape smoke exposure, the effects of applying compost to degraded vineyard soils, how to make grapevines more resilient to water stress, and more.  In addition to the five faculty presentations each day, there will be seven short (3 min) flash talks per day, given by postdocs and graduate students currently working in various viticulture and enology laboratories.

Date & Time: 
April 7th, 2021: 1-4 PM
April 8th, 2021: 9 AM-12 PM


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1:00-1:05 PM Welcome
1:05-1:30 PM Leveraging cell structure and biochemistry to make grapevines more resilient to water stress
Megan Bartlett, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
1:30-1:55 PM Research update on grape smoke exposure impact and treatment options
Anita Oberholster, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
1:55-2:20 PM Compost Application to Degraded Vineyard Soils: Impact on Soil Chemistry, Fertility, and Vine Performance
Jean-Jacques Lambert, Specialist, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
2:20-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:00 PM Flash Talks
1. Mitigating Effects of Climate Change on Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevine with Photoselective Overhead Films: Lauren Marigliano
2. Investigation of the viticultural performance of four Vitis vinifera L. cv. Petite Sirah clones, and determination of their respective wine characteristics: Raul Cauduro Girardello
3. Using adjustments in leaf biochemistry to improve grapevine drought tolerance: Ross Deans
4. Exploring the use of redox potential to predict fermentation outcomes in relation to initial juice conditions: Gita Mallya
5. The chemistry of fanleaf resistance: Erin Galarneau
6. Investigation of the impact of Pinot noir maturity on grape and wine composition and wine style: Yu-Te Tseng
7. Impacts of Leaf Removal and Shoot Thinning on Cumulative Daily Light Intensity and Thermal Time and their Cascading Effects of Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) Berry and Wine Chemistry in Warm Climates: Nazareth Torres
3:05-3:30 PM Development of low-cost ET sensors for single vine resolution irrigation
David Block, Professor and Sands Department Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
3:30-3:55 PM New ground-based and remotely sensed technologies to track vineyard water use and stress for irrigation management
Andrew McElrone, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
3:55-4:00 PM Wrap-Up


9:00-9:25 AM Same Season and Carryover Effects of Source-Sink Adjustments on Grapevine Primary and Secondary Metabolism
Kaan Kurtural, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Viticulture, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
9:25-9:50 AM New Approaches to Wine Oxidation
Andrew Waterhouse, Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
9:50-10:15 AM Disentangling drivers of heatwave impacts on vine physiology and berry chemistry
Elisabeth Forrestel, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
10:15-10:25 AM BREAK
10:25-10:55 AM Flash Talks
1. Chloride tolerance in Vitis spp. varies continuously by deposition into above ground tissues and not by accumulation in roots: Chris Chen
2. Investigating the impact of oxygenation on fermentation kinetics and redox potential: Kim Marinelli
3. Investigation of the impact of storage conditions (light exposure, temperature and bottle color) on rosé wine quality: Cristina Medina Plaza:
4. Soil apparent electrical conductivity and must carbon isotope ratio provide indication of plant water status in wine grape vineyards: Runze Yu
5. Sugar transport adaptations to water stress: Ryan Stanfield
6. Gene editing, a new frontier for grape biotechnology: Cecilia Agüero
11:00-11:25 AM Gene expression profiling provides a genetic signature of vineyard site with insight into wine fermentation outcomes
Ben Montpetit, Associate Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
11:25-11:50 AM 30+ years of grape breeding and just getting started!
Andrew Walker, Professor, Department of Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis
11:50-12:00 PM Wrap-Up


Registration fees cover the cost of technology and the staff time that goes into producing and managing the logistics of events to ensure a rewarding and valuable experience for attendees. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire events have affected many in the grape and wine industries and we are committed to making sure that these events are accessible to all. Should you need financial assistance to attend, please reach out to Karen Block. Current full-time UC Davis Viticulture and Enology students may attend Extension program events at no charge. Part-time UC Davis V&E students and students from other departments will be considered for registration assistance on a case-by-case basis. If you are a full-time UC Davis V&E student, please contact Caroline Firman for registration assistance.


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