The Board voted at its June meeting to fund two grapevine red blotch research projects that were reviewed and tentatively approved at its April meeting:
Improved understanding of virus transmission and management of key vector(s) associated with grapevine red blotch virus
Vaughn Walton, Oregon State University, $47,000
Effects of grapevine red blotch disease on flavor and flavor precursor formation in the grape and on wine quality
Michael Qian, Oregon State University, $109,512
The Board approved funding for the projects after confirming the projects were not funded by other winegrape research sponsors. With previously approved research funding at the April meeting, the Board has approved a total of $3.2 million for new and ongoing research projects during this funding cycle.