Upcoming webinar series on virus-free planting material for wine grape growers

Clean plants for the future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry webinar series to start March 10, 2016.

Upcoming webinar series on virus-free planting material for wine grape growers

With the current rise of tobacco and tomato ringspot viruses and grape leafroll virus, which is moved from vine to vine and nearby vineyards by grape mealybugs, along with replanting vineyards after winter injury in 2014-2015, securing virus-free planting material is a must for Michigan wine grape growers.

Growers may want to learn more about how the National Clean Plant Network is working to keep these and other viruses out of future planting material. National Clean Plant Network and Cornell University have put together a series of four webinars to discuss these issues. Register for these webinars at: Clean Plants for the Future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry. Descriptions of all four webinars are below:

  1. The Pipeline: From tissue culture to your vineyard. March 10, 12-1:15 p.m. Presented by Joshua Puckett, Foundation Plant Services, UC Davis, and Tim Martinson, Cornell University.
  2. Viral diseases transmitted through nursery stock in the East: Grapevine leafroll disease, tomato ringspot, and grapevine red blotch. March 17, 12-1:15 p.m. Presented by Marc Fuchs, Cornell University, Annemiek Schilder, Michigan State University and Mizuho Nita, Virginia Tech.
  3. Crown gall biology and management; Value of virus-tested plant material. March 24, 12-1:15 p.m. Presented by Tom Burr, Cornell University and Shadi Atallah, University of New Hampshire
  4. New York’s revitalized grapevine certification program, and New York nurseries’ plans for the future. March 31, 12-2 p.m. Presented by Marc Fuchs, Cornell University, Margaret Kelly, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Dennis Rak, Double A Vineyards, Eric Amberg, Grafted Grape Nursery and Fred Merwerth, Hermann Wiemer Nursery.

Those interested can register for the webinars at: Clean Plants for the Future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry. The webinars are free of charge, but you must register by noon the Wednesday before the webinar to receive connection instructions. Registering for one webinar will ensure you will receive connection instructions for all future webinars.

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