Developing Methods for Use of Own-Rooted Vitis Vinifera Vines in Michigan Vineyards

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Thomas J. Zabadal
Best Practices, Crop Quality, Product Development
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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 that option along with methods for the rapid establishment of own-rooted V. vinifera grapevines. Results to date have indicated as little as a two-year period for establishment of productive vines, no decline in own-rooted V. vinifera vines and advantages of own-rooted vines in regard to recovery from winter injury. Further evaluation is needed to determine if this technology can provide sustainable Vitis vinifera productivity

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