The American Vineyard Foundation and several other organizations have joined together to fund more than $2.5 million in viticulture and enology research projects in 2010.
The AVF alone contributed more than $1 million in funds, with the balance coming from other agencies.
A total of 79 research proposals, including such diverse topics as mealybug control and microbiomics, were meticulously reviewed by a panel made up of members from each granting authority. In the end, 51 projects were funded, 36 of those by the AVF.
“We are pleased to report another increase in our level of research funding,” remarked Scott Deitrick, AVF Manager of Administration, “and we’d like to acknowledge the community of growers and vintners whose generous AVF support has made this possible.”
Members of the American Vineyard Foundation are surveyed on a periodic basis to ascertain which topics are most in need of research. These results are then posted and reviewed by researchers and research institutions to decide which topics most meet industry needs.
The final topics are deemed most important in keeping American viticulture and enology at the forefront in the world of wine.