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Funds awarded for disease resistance research in Norton grape

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Norton grape

Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang, associate professor at the William H. Darr School of Agriculture, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture for his project “Exploring the Genetic Resources of Norton Grape for Fungal Disease Resistance.” This award is from the Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

“Norton (Vitis aestivalis), the official grape of the State of Missouri, is grown in many U.S. regions where V. vinifera(the European grape used for most winemaking worldwide, e.g., Pinot Noir) production requires extensive pesticide use for fungal diseases,” said Hwang.  “It has been reported that Norton is cold, hardy and resistant to several fungal pathogens including powdery mildew, downy mildew, Botrytis bunch rot and black rot.”

The goal of this proposed project is to provide molecular genetic support to expedite a Norton grape breeding effort with the ultimate goal of improving viticultural performance and enological quality of new grape varieties well adapted to Missouri conditions. The funding will support the program through September 2013.

For more information, contact Hwang at (417) 547-7538.


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