Wine lab under construction at Kentville research centre will help support grape growers, vitners Source: Annapolis County Spectator, KENTVILLE, NS – April 13th, 2018 Research to be conducted in a lab workspace being renovated at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research centre in Kentville could lead to new knowledge and innovations for Nova Scotia’s burgeoning wine industry. A 400 square-metre space is currently being converted into a wine research lab, part of a multi-dimensional research approach in support of Nova Scotia grape growers and vintners. Research scientist Dr. Shawna MacKinnon, a food and wine chemist, has been hired to get the lab set up, overseeRead More →

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has put together a working group to comment on regulations for diseases such as grapevine fanleaf virus, Tomato ringspot virus, grapevine leaf roll associated virus and grapevine red blotch associated virus. Their meeting notes and presentations can be accessed online as a resource to us in Canada. To see presentations click here Read More →

In research done by Wendy McFadden-Smith (OMAFRA), Sudarsana Poojari and Jean-Philippe Parent (AAFC) it was discovered that symptoms of Grapevine Leafroll Disease are more apparent on red-fruited vines than whites, although this does depends on many environmental factors including age of the vine, and stage of the virus infection. Typical symptoms of Leafroll disease in red cultivars include red-purple discoloration, and rolling backwards of the leaves. In white varietals, this is not as prevalent, although can sometimes be seen closer to the end of the growing season. Although Grapevine leafroll and Grapevine red blotch can be similar in appearance, there are slight differences observed suchRead More →

Developed by a team of  researchers at the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Center, the interactive Climate Atlas of Canada is now available online, and free for all to use! The new map will allow users to track growing degree days with various bases, precipitation, frosts, and extreme heat and cold trends as well as see predictions for the coming years. Also included is documentaries on how Canadians are adjusting to the impacts of global warming. With French and English functions, the map is accessible to all, and an invaluable tool when used for weather predictions, as it is based upon the data of 12Read More →

Government of Canada invests $80 million in the Centre for Plant Health SOURCE: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) via newswire.ca – April 03, 2018, 17:43 ET SIDNEY, BC, April 3, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) relies on science to contribute to evidence-based decisions that protect Canada’s food, animal and plant resources. By supporting our country’s remarkable scientists and providing them the facilities they need, we are strengthening science and building a better tomorrow. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, with Anna-Mary Schmidt and André Levesque of the CFIA at the Centre for Plant Health in Sidney, B.C. (CNW Group/Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)) Today, theRead More →

On February 20 2018 stakeholders in the Canadian grape and wine industry participated in a workshop with the objective to: Gain an understanding of current initiatives and mandates supporting the grapevine sector Identify industry research needs as the foundation for enhanced collaboration Develop a common understanding of the benefits and best applications of various diagnostic tools (e.g., NGS, Droplet Digital PCR) This comprehensive report details the workshop’s discussions and presentations, including : Agenda Summary report CGCN presentation CFIA’s Regulatory aspects of clean plants testing AAFC Science & Technology Branch presentation GGO’s Grape and Wine Industry Research Needs to Support a Clean Plant Program CFIA’s Sidney InfrastructureRead More →

Jill Windeatt has been hired as the part-time administrator for the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network. She will be working out of the Grape Growers of Ontario offices in St. Catharines, Ontario. Feel free to contact her with any questions about the CGCN through email at jwindeatt@cgcn-rccv.ca or by phone at 905-688-0990 ext 222Read More →

Through the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster, CGCN has applied for funding under the AgriScience program led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in order to develop a strategy for best management practices in the vineyards with researchers and industry. The application was submitted January 8th, 2018 for $17 million and is currently under review with a decision to come in spring. The top research priority is the strategic management of grapevine virus diseases, to be achieved through coordination of research activities. Along with research into cold hardiness and sustainable management of soil, water and crop quality to overall improve the quality of Canadian wines.Read More →

The Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN) is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Grape Growers of Ontario, British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Quebec Wine Council (formerly, Association des Vignerons du Quebec) and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia. The objective of the CGCN is to advance the Canadian grape and wine industry by ensuring a sustainable supply of certified propagative grapevine material. The CGCN was officially incorporated February 13th 2017 with six board members representing Canada’s four grape-growing provinces.  The first official board meeting of the CGCN was held February 6th 2017 where Hans Buchler, Research Coordinator for the British Columbia WineRead More →