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Vanden Heuvel: Wine Drinkers Need to Branch Out

Justine Vanden Heuvel

Justine Vanden Heuvel

“Purchasing only wines made from Vitis vinifera not only limits our wine experiences and palates, but also increases the risk that our glasses may be empty if a future pest or disease threatens the wine industry.”

That’s the message Justine Vanden Heuvel delivers in the op-ed Wine Drinkers Need to Branch Out in U.S. News & World Report [2016-03-07].

“There’s little disagreement among wine connoisseurs that fruit from Vitis vinifera makes the most pleasing wines with respect to flavor, aroma and mouthfeel, as evidenced from the dearth of hybrid wine reviews in major wine publications,” she adds. “But because many Vitis vinifera wines are made from closely related grapes, they don’t offer the same range of flavors and aromas that the interspecific hybrid wines do. And some say these new flavors and aromas can offer a wild and memorable tasting experience that will help train your palate.”

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Seminar video: Creating a Garden for Climate Change Education

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar,  Creating a Garden for Climate Change Education with Sonja Skelly, Director of Education, Cornell Plantations, it’s available online.

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Swegarden receives Future Leaders in Science Award

Hannah Swegarden is one of 18 graduate students to receive the 2016 Future Leaders in Science Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award recognizes her interest and engagement in science advocacy. Winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., March 14 to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day, where they will meet with their members of Congress and advocate for agricultural and environmental research.

Swegarden is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Field of Horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University.  Her current research focuses on the development of novel Brassica genotypes for fresh and processed markets, under the direction of Phillip Griffiths.  She received her B.S. in Biology (2010) from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her M.S. in Horticulture (2015) from the University of Minnesota.

Hannah Swegarden

Hannah Swegarden

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