Center for Viticultural Sciences
The mission of the Center for Viticultural Sciences and Small Fruit Research is to conduct research and provide service and support that will help the viticulture industry in Florida to become a viable industry (Florida Viticulture Policy Act, 1978).
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Florida A&M University National Clean Plant (NCPN) Center for Grape
Pierce'sdisease is the main limitation for the majority of the Southeastern U.S. and commercial grape growing is solely based on the native muscadines and Florida hybrid bunch grapes. The rapid expansion of wine industry in Florida and southeastern U.S. already predispose the viticulture enterprise to several disease problems such as Eutypa dieback, crown gall, and leafrollvirus. Due to the detrimental impact of these diseases, we have identified them as the high priority diseases for research and development in the state and the region. It is our certainty that teaching, research, and extension in this area will keep the viticulture industry viable by minimizing the disease incidence.
The Southeastern Vine Improvement and Distribution Program is focused to provide services to the Southeastern ((PD’s restricted) Viticulture region by:
- Producing high quality disease free muscadine and Florida hybrid grape varieties.
- Conduct research and developed rapid methods for diagnostic of muscadine and PD tolerant American native grape varieties for crown gall, viruses and Eutypa
- Sustain the foundation block G1/G2.
- Establish “Diagnostic Facility for American Native Grapes”
- Assist the extension and certification program.
Consequently, these activities will help the local grape and wine industry to grow and sustain as well as contribute to the national standards for clean planting material of the muscadine and Florida native hybrid varieties.
Dr. Violeta Tsolova – Program Leader: 850-412-7394 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anthony Ananga – Associate Professor Food Biotechnology: 850-412-7393 email@example.com
Dr. Bobby Phills-Professor Horticulture: 850-599-8685 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Stephen Leong-Professor Agricultural Economy: 850-412-5188 email@example.com
Ray Payne – Field Assistant
Jesus Jeminez – Field Assistant