VINE PHYSIOLOGY AND GRAPE PRODUCTION
Credit points: 15
Students of this subject will learn about the interaction of the grapevine with its environment and how the implementation of intelligent viticultural practices can affect final grape quality. The subject will explore these topics in terms of structure, phenology, light, water and genetics. Knowledge will be developed on the taxonomy of the grapevine, and will cover all the major species used with the genus Vitis; the biology, history and properties of rootstocks; and ampelography. Traditional methods based on morphology and modern techniques employing cutting-edge analytical genetics will be examined. Students will explore grapevine physiology from the viewpoint of vineyard management including an in-depth re-examination of photosynthesis, water relations, abiotic and biotic stress, the role and function of plant hormones, and the effect of temperature, light, nutrients, and water on key physiological mechanisms.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.
Special conditions This subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic. This elective will run subject to sufficient enrolments. There is an optional 3 day field trip in this subject during the mid-semester break. The cost of accommodation will be borne by the students. Attendance at the field trip will have no impact on assessment.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||The science of grapevines: Anatomy and physiology||Prescribed||Keller, M 2010||ACADEMIC PRESS, US|
|Readings||Grapes cultivation, varieties and nutritional uses||Recommended||Murphy, R & Steifler, C (eds.) 2012||NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK|
|Readings||Methodologies and results in grapevine research||Recommended||Delrot, S, Medrano, H, Or, E & Bavaresco L (eds.) 2011||SPRINGER, NETHERLANDS|
|Readings||The chemistry and biology of winemaking||Recommended||Hornsey, I 2007||THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, UK|
|Readings||The grapevine: From the science to the practice of growing vines for wine||Recommended||Iland, P, Dry, P, Proffitt, T & Tyerman, S 2011||PATRICK ILAND WINE PROMOTION, ADELAIDE|
|Readings||The grapevine: From the science to the practice of growing vines for wine||Recommended||Iland, P, Dry, P, Proffitt, T & Tyerman, S 2011||PATRICK ILAND WINE PROMOTIONS, ADELAIDE|
|Readings||The production of grapes and wine in cool climates||Recommended||Jackson, D & Schustser, D 2007||DUNMORE PUBLISHING, NEW ZEALAND|
|Readings||The science or grapevines: anatomy and physiology||Recommended||Keller, M 2012||ACADEMIC PRESS, US|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Investigate and evaluate management practices and make recommendations to improve high quality and high yield grapes.
- Workshops and practical sessions in the vineyard will be used to demonstrate and evaluate management practices. Small groups of students will prepare a recommendation report and discuss the findings with peers.
02. Identify and analyse the biological structure of the grapevine.
- Workshops and practical sessions in the vineyard will be used to demonstrate and familiarise students with the biological structures of the grapevine.
03. Identify seasonal phenology of the vine in relation to environmental and management factors.
- Workshops and practical sessions in the vineyard will be used to demonstrate and familiarise students with the seasonal phenology of the vine in relation to environmental and management factors.
04. Use specialist terminology appropriately and present ideas in various formats using appropriate professional and academic conventions.
- Students will discuss and prepare reports and presentations using appropriate specialist vine physiology terminology. These will be presented to students for comment and critique.
05. Recognise and reflect on ethical and environmental issues relevant to vine physiology and grape production
- Students will discuss and prepare reports and presentations reflecting on ethical and environmental issues relevant to vine physiology and grape production. These reports will be presented to students for comment and critique.
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Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Three 6.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Laboratory coats and closed toe shoes must be worn for the laboratory classes."
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops activities in the classroom will be recorded using zoom software"
|Two Practical reports (total 1,600-words equivalent)||Activities from the practical sessions will be assessed||40||01, 03|
|Literature review (1,200-words)||Students will need to submit this assessment through Turnitin software.||30||01, 02, 04|
|Oral examination in the vineyard - 10 minutes (1,000-words equivalent)||Topics for this activity will be available on Melbourne Polytechnic Moodle subject site||30||01, 02, 03, 05|