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Posted by | January 17, 2017

WSU Viticulture and Enology Faculty, Partners Give Presentations Around the World

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Markus Keller

InnoVine International Symposium

Markus Keller, WSU scientist and professor of viticulture, gave the keynote presentation at the InnoVine International Symposium in Toulouse, France Nov. 16-17.  More than 250 attendees heard Keller’s presentation “Grape berry ripening: Environmental drivers and spoilers.”  While in France Keller was also invited to speak at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin Seminar Series, University of Bordeaux.

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science National Conference

Each year the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants to fund teacher-mentor research opportunities for high school teachers in the Pacific Northwest.  Last year, WSU Assistant Professor of Viticulture and Enology Dr. Tom Collins was named as a project mentor and paired with Frederick Burke, a science teacher at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Wash.

This past summer, the pair began research on their two-year project to characterize non-volatile components of Washington wines using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.  Research results from the first year of trials were outlined in a pictorial poster that Burke presented at the National Partners in Science Conference held in San Diego, Calif. Jan. 12-14.  Collins and Burke will return to the conference in 2018 to give an oral presentation on their progress.

James Harbertson
James Harbertson

Cabernet Sauvignon Forum

WSU Associate Professor of Enology Dr. Jim Harbertson has been invited to speak at the Cabernet Sauvignon Forum in Margaret River, Western Australia on Jan. 24.  The focus of the forum is Cabernet “hang time” and its impact on yield, and grape and wine quality. Dr. Harbertson will deliver a presentation on “hang time” experiments in Washington.