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VitisGen3 Variety Trial Enhances Biopesticide Management

September 19, 2023

Conventional pesticides are starting to lose efficacy as pathogens develop resistance. However, biopesticides may be a promising alternative to tamp down disease and protect the genetic resistance of new grapevine cultivars bred to rely on fewer agrochemicals. Wine Business Monthly recently covered the VitisGen3 variety trial aiming to generate production recommendations for farmers growing disease resistant vineyards.

PhytoPatholoBots deployed at two VitisGen3 sites

September 5, 2023

Researchers from the VitisGen3 robotics and AI team have deployed the PhytoPatholoBot (PPB) at two participating sites in California and South Dakota. PPB drives through the vineyard taking high resolution images to allow for pinpoint detection of powdery mildew.

Winners declared at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition!

August 24, 2023

The 2023 International Cold Climate Wine Competition was held on Wednesday, August 16 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The competition, hosted by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, included hundreds of wines from across the Northern US that were made with at least 75% cold hardy hybrid grape cultivars (many of which were developed by programs that participate in VitisGen3!) Read on to learn which wines rose to the top of the 15 categories under judgement by the panel of industry experts.