Michigan Craft Beverage Research Database

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council is eager to share the research that it supports in order to inform the work of our agricultural producers. Use this tool to find past research on topics such as wine grapes, hop production, invasive pests, new varieties, and weather tracking. The Michigan Craft Beverage Council is always evaluating research priorities to stay ahead of the game. Participate in our poll or email the council your research idea. We value your opinion and welcome your feedback. 

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2018 Bring More Educational and Training Opportunities to Michigan’s Grape and Wine
by Parallel 45 The funding from the MGWIC grant would allow P45 to: Continue providing the following P45 activities in 2018Increase the education efforts to include up to four additional workshops/meetings per year, featuring nationally recognized industry specialists on top...
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2018 Implementation of Alternative Canopy Management Techniques in the NW and SW to Improve Fruit Technological Maturity of Grapes Grown in Michigan
by Paolo Sabbatini, Pat Murad, Josh Vanderweide, Tim Lemon, Jeff Lemon, Craig Cunningham, Thomas Todaro This extension project aimed to study the effect of innovative mechanized canopy management strategies on grapevines to improve fruit quality at harvest.
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2018 Improving Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center for a Data Driven Wine Grape Extension Program
by Thomas Todaro The goal of this project was to improve Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center’s (NWMHRC) capabilities to conduct applied research and address regional viticulture extension needs. Specific short-term objectives: 1.) Facilitate hands-on training of vi...
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2018 Low Cost Vertical Flow Constructed Wetland Wastewater Treatment System for Small Wineries
by Katelyn Skornia, Younsuk Dong, Umesh Adhikari, Steven Safferman It was hypothesized that a VFCW combined with adsorption media to remove/recover phosphorus and nitrogen, after idle periods before the microbial community is fully active, will effectively and efficiently treat winery wastewater so that it can be discharged w...
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2018 Michigan Vineyard IPM Extension Program
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Thomas Todaro, Joy Landis This focus of this project was to demonstrate IPM techniques to the Michigan grape industry using a combination of demonstration vineyards, electronic scouting updates, formal presentations and hands-on workshops. This included using insect and disease scoutin...
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2018 New Enviro-Weather Station
by Ralph Stabile The funds from the MGWIC grant would provide the initial installation of the Enviro-Weather Station, and well as 2 years of operational funds. After which, the annual operations expenses would be borne by the members of the Bay View Wine Trail.
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2018 Reducing Harvest Losses to Late Season Insects and Their Associated Diseases in Michigan Vineyards
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Thomas Todaro, Brad Baughman This project had the overall aim of preventing losses to pre-harvest insect pests in Michigan vineyards. The goals were to test wasp trapping strategies, evaluate chemical control of a variety of harvest pests, and help determine the relationship between brown...
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2017 Biology and Management of Grape Mealybug
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner This two year project focused on understanding the biology of grape mealybug, a vector of Grapevine Leafroll Virus (GLRaV), and then used this knowledge to improve vineyard pest management programs. Mealybug crawlers are active around bud break and they can be...
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2017 Control and Management of Sour Rot and Volatile Acidity in Vinifera Grapes Grown in Michigan
by Paolo Sabbatini, Pat Murad, Josh Vanderweide, Lemon Creek Winery In an effort to explore areas of potential and desired research serving Michigan wine industry needs, MSU viticulture researchers were engaged in 2015 with members of the REAC of the MGWIC in two conference calls to ascertain their priorities and those of the ...
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2017 Distillation of Flash Détente Condensate for Recovery of Ethyl Acetate and Other Aromas
Profitability in the wine industry is contingent on grape quality, which can be affected by many environmental factors. During some production cycles, grapes become unusable due to these impacts. However, technologies are being developed to remove undesirable ...
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2017 Evaluation of Potential Alternative Wine Grape Varieties for Southwest Michigan
by Michael Moyer, Michael DeSchaaf, Thomas J. Zabadal Eleven wine grape varieties were harvested and vinified separately in small lots for the purpose of evaluating each cultivar s potential to produce quality wine in southwest Michigan. Yields of each variety varied significantly. The 2016 and 2017 harvest data,...
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2017 Increasing Potential for Biological Control of Grape Diseases
by Annemiek Schilder Fungal pathogens of grapevines are responsible for annual losses as well as multiple fungicide applications per year in Michigan vineyards. These pathogens usually overwinter in the vineyard either in leaf and fruit debris or on/in the overwintering wood. Dise...
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2017 Michigan Vineyard IPM Extension Program
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner, Joy Landis This project demonstrated how reduced-risk pesticides can provide effective insect and disease management and how they can be incorporated into commercial grape production. In demonstration vineyards, reduced-risk and standard broad-spectrum pesticide programs...
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2017 Upgrading Viticultural Research Capabilities at the MSU Northwest Horticulture Research Center
by Paolo Sabbatini, Nikki Rothwell, Duke Elsner, Craig Cunningham, Alan Green The NWHRC, contrarily to the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), lacks the capacity to conduct viticultural and enological research on principal grape varieties that are fundamental to the Michigan wine industry. The removal of 1 acre of...
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2016 Investigating New Wine Grape Varieties for Michigan
by Mark Johnson, Liz Berger A preliminary investigation into new wine grape varieties suited to Michigan conditions was conducted by a group of Michigan industry members. The focus of the work was on cultivars developed in Germany and used commercially in Europe. Organized through the Mi...
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2016 Biology and Management of Grape Mealybug
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner This continuing project focuses on understanding the biology of grape mealybug, a vector of Grapevine Leafroll Virus (GLRaV), and then uses this knowledge to improve vineyard pest management programs. Adult mealybugs were detected before nymphs, and mealybugs ...
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2016 Control and Management of Sour Rot and Volatile Acidity in Vinifera Grape Grown in Michigan
by Paolo Sabbatini, Pat Murad, Josh Vanderweide, Lemon Creek Winery The primary objective of the study was to characterize the evolution of fruit technological maturity produced in grapes with varying levels of sour rot in order to determine the effect on overall quality at harvest. Secondarily, we expect to be able to judge t...
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2016 Developing Methods for Use of Own-Rooted Vitis Vinifera Vines in Michigan Vineyards
by Thomas J. Zabadal Wine grape varieties of the species Vitis vinifera are recognized worldwide for producing the very highest wine quality. Recently, the chemical control of root Phylloxera has provided an alternative to grafting for controlling this pest on V. vinifera vines. T...
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2016 Michigan Vineyard IPM Extension Program
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner, Joy Landis This project demonstrated how reduced-risk pesticides can provide effective insect and disease management when they are integrated into commercial grape production. Reduced-risk and standard broad-spectrum pesticide programs provided similar pest and disease c...
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2016 Pilot Measurement of Water Use in Wineries
by 5 Lakes Energy 5 Lakes Energy and its subcontractors were able to conduct research on flow meters that may be suitable for winery effluent water volume measurement. However, we were unable to identify a suitable meter to install as pilot installations at Michigan wineries. A...
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2016 Statewide Survey to Determine Diversity and Impact of Grapevine Viruses, Phytoplasmas and Insect Vectors on the Michigan Wine Grape Industry
by Annemiek Schilder, Rufus Isaacs, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner, Naidu Rayapati, Assunta Bertaccini During late summer of 2016, 438 composite grape leaf samples were taken from wine grape vineyards in mid, southwest and northwest Michigan. Over 100 different vineyards were sampled. Testing was conducted on each sample using real-time polymerase chain reactio...
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2016 Winery Sustainability Feasibility Study
by 5 Lakes Energy This study, conducted in 2014-2015, was funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant. It considered the design, development and implementation of a sustainability certification program for the Michigan wineries and vineyards. The consulting firm, 5 Lakes Energy...
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2015 Biology and Management of Invasive Insect Pests in Michigan Vineyards
by Keith Mason, Steven Van Timmeren, Nikki Rothwell, Rufus Isaacs Fifteen Michigan vineyards were monitored for four species of invasive moths, with no detections in 2014 or 2015. Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) was present in all sampled locations, and the highest SWD captures occurred during harvest, while African fig fruit ...
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2015 Developing Methods for Use of Own-Rooted Vitis Vinifera Vines in Michigan Vineyards
by Thomas J. Zabadal Wine grape varieties of the species Vitis vinifera are recognized worldwide for producing the very best wine quality. Recently chemical control of root Phylloxera may be a possible alternative to grafting for V. vinifera production. This project is evaluating ...
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2015 Impacts of Grapevine Leafroll Virus on Chardonnay Vines and the Role of Potential Vectors
by Annemiek Schilder, Rufus Isaacs, Paolo Sabbatini, Brad Baughman, Naidu Rayapati, Mike Merchant The goal of this 2-year project was to gain a better understanding of the impact of grapevine leafroll virus disease in Michigan. In the study vineyard, 95-99% of sampled vines tested positive for GLRaV-3 and 19% for Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV). Fruit yield ...
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2015 Leaf Removal: A Tool to Improve Crop Control and Fruit Quality in Vinifera Grapes
by Paolo Sabbatini, Glen Greiffendorf, Pat Murad, Cristian Paulsen Cool summers and wet fall in Michigan often limits technological fruit maturity at harvest especially in cultivars prone to cluster-rot. Several important wine grape varieties in Michigan have high susceptibility to harvest season cluster rot (e.g. Riesling, C...
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2015 Michigan Vineyard IPM Extension Program
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner, Joy Landis This work demonstrated how reduced-risk pesticides can provide effective insect and disease management when they are integrated into commercial grape production. Reduced-risk and standard broad-spectrum pesticide programs provided similar pest and disease cont...
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2015 Strategic Modernization of Enviroweather Stations Serving the Michigan Grape and Wine Industries
by Larry Olsen, Jeffrey Andresen, Beth Bishop Michigan State University s Enviroweather program provides Michigan s agriculture with online access to weather-based pest, crop and production management information for decision-making. By providing access to local weather data and tools, Enviroweather helps...
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2014 Biology and Management of Invasive Insect Pests in Michigan Vineyards
by Keith Mason, Steven Van Timmeren, Nikki Rothwell, Rufus Isaacs At twenty vineyards across Michigan, pheromone traps were used to monitor for European grapevine moth, light brown apple moth and the summer fruit tortrix, and none of these moths were detected. SWD and African fig fruit fly were monitored with baited traps. S...
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2014 Enviro-Weather Decision-Making Tools for the Grape and Wine Industry
by Larry Olsen, Jeffrey Andresen, Beth Bishop MSU's Enviro-weather provides Michigan's agriculture with online access to weather-based pest, crop and production management information for decision-making. MGWIC provided funding to support the cost of maintenance, repair, and operation of four Enviro-weath...
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2014 Impacts of Grapevine Leafroll Virus on Chardonnay Vines and the Role of Potential Vectors
by Annemiek Schilder, Rufus Isaacs, Paolo Sabbatini, Naidu Rayapati, Forrest Nutter, Mike Merchant Grapevine leafroll disease was widespread in the 'Chardonnay' study vineyard, with 85% of live vines showing symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. In ELISA tests, 99% of vine samples tested positive for the virus (GLRaV-3) regardless of symptom severity. ...
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2014 Leaf Removal: a Tool to Improve Crop Control and Fruit Quality in Vinifera Grapes
by Paolo Sabbatini, Glen Greiffendorf Cool and humid climate in Michigan limits technological fruit maturity at harvest as evidenced by cluster-rot and poor ripening. Economically important wine grape varieties in Michigan have high susceptibility to harvest season cluster rot. Important cultivars...
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2014 Michigan Vineyard IPM Extension Program
by Rufus Isaacs, Keith Mason, Annemiek Schilder, Brad Baughman, Duke Elsner, Joy Landis The results of this project have demonstrated that reduced-risk pesticides can be successfully integrated into commercial grape production in Michigan while maintaining effective insect and disease management. In some cases better pest control was achieved com...
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2014 Optimizing Fungicide Use and Timing Based on Weather Conditions
by Annemiek Schilder, Jeffrey Andresen, Christine Vandervoort A study on environmental effects on fungicides applied to grape leaves showed that moderate temperatures were optimal for fungicide uptake and retention and that Abound (azoxystrobin) became undetectable when applied at 40 degrees F. Efficacy of Abound, Manzat...
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