Dr. Simone Castellarin, UBC-Wine Research Centre
Influence of temperature and heat-stress mitigation strategies on grape quality in British Columbia vineyards. As evidenced by the 2021 growing season in British Columbia, heat stress events (heatwaves) are a new reality facing wine grape production. However, compared to other abiotic stresses, the negative effects of heat stress on grape production are largely unexplored. In the past three years, the Castellarin Lab began researching the influence of temperature and heatwave events on grapevine physiology and grape quality. Their continued research in this area aims to predict the susceptibility to heatwaves of cultivars grown in BC, and to elucidate whether varying irrigation levels and using bio-stimulants and anti-transpirants can mitigate heat stresses in BC vineyards.
Monthly R&D Series – Third Thursdays
A great opportunity for industry to get involved with the BCWGC R&D Committee, meet the researchers and bring your questions to the table. These monthly R&D series are for industry to participate in an informal virtual discussion on research priorities that support BC enology and viticulture.
Membership on the R&D Committee is open to all grape growers and winery representatives, in good standing, on a voluntary basis as well as non-voting members who are partners and stakeholders.