Grape Industry Priorities

The value of grapes utilized in production has risen to over $3 billion U.S. dollars annually. However, several factors contribute to problems associated with grape production including powdery mildew infection, damage due to cold intolerance, and negative fruit qualities (i.e., seed presence and undesirable flavor compounds). Therefore, the grape industry desires cultivar improvements addressing these factors, which negatively affect production, while taking into consideration both economic and consumer demands.

Grape industry priorities as identified in stakeholder workshops and surveys

Funding for VitisGen "Accelerating grape cultivar improvement via phenotyping centers and next generation markers" is provided by a Specialty Crop Research Initiative Competitive Grant, Award No. 2011-51181-30635, of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This site is hosted at Cornell University. Copyright © 2015.