Cornell University, Geneva, New York
Cornell University has a long history of managing a voluntary grape certification program at its New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. With support from NCPN, clean, virus-tested foreign and domestic material is produced by graft-indexing, bioassays, ELISA and RT-PCR assays in combination with virus elimination therapy procedures. Indexing for Agrobacterium vitis is also done routinely. Innovative approaches to improve pathogen detection procedures are explored by developing a membrane-based array for the simultaneous detection of viruses as well as more reliable and faster indexing methods for A. vitis.
Cornell has an outstanding outreach and extension program that addresses the needs of the grape and wine industries and disseminates information to growers, service providers, and extension educators by way of conferences, extension publications and online resources. Regular assistance on pathogen indexing and disease management issues is provided to local grape nurseries. Research/evaluation quarantine (REQ) plantings are managed to expedite the safe evaluation of the viticultural and oenological performance of introduced accessions.