A native of Ohio, Thomas Todaro’s passion for viticulture began at the Ohio State University in 2012 when he took on a research aide position in their viticulture program. Todaro held this position for two years and his dedication to viticulture research and extension led him to pursue a master’s degree in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, which he completed in 2016.
Todaro’s research focus has spanned cultural practices to improve fruit and wine quality, increase freezing tolerance of bud and cane tissues, and improve efficiency in vine recovery following winter damage. Like Michigan, Ohio vineyards also sustained severe winter damage following the 2014 and 2015 winters. Todaro and his advisor, Imed Dami, addressed this region’s industry needs for research-based information on vine recovery following severe winter injury through Todaro’s master’s thesis project, which investigated various training and pruning methods on multiple cultivars to determine optimum vine recovery practices.
Based out of the Leelanau Government Center in Leelanau County, Todaro is “eager and grateful for this opportunity to identify the priorities and address the needs of Michigan’s wine grape industry through research and extension.”
November 13, 2017 | The 2017 grape growing season ended with fall frost in northwest Michigan while fruit was still on the vine. What can this mean for harvest and cold acclimation?
October 5, 2017 | Summary of spotted wing Drosophila activity, harvest status, fruit maturity and innovative thermovinification technology.
September 20, 2017 | Northwest Michigan wine grape vineyards have decreased spotted wing Drosophila activity, and grapes are proceeding normally through veraison.