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The Eastern NCPN

Grape Center

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Marc Fuchs, Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section Cornell AgriTech and NCPN-Grapes Chair 

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The Eastern NCPN-Grapes Center is located at Cornell University in Geneva, NY.  Its mission is to increase the diversity of clean grapevine selections suitable to regional conditions in support of the growth and prosperity of local grape and wine industries.  Elite selections of interest to the grape and wine industries in the eastern United States are introduced to the Center from foreign and domestic sources.  Introduced selections are extensively tested for viruses and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, the causal agent of crown gall disease.  Infected selections are subjected to pathogen elimination by dissecting, culturing and propagating apical buds to recover plantlets in tissue culture.  Plantlets are then established in soil in the greenhouse and tested to verify pathogen elimination.  Material free of select pathogens following diagnostics and/or therapeutics is then distributed for the production of clean vines.  Efforts to produce clean grapevine selection is done in collaboration with the other NCPN-Grapes centers, local nurseries, growers and extension educators in eastern States.  

For additional information, contact Prof. Marc Fuchs, Cornell University: mf13@cornell.edu (315) 787-2487