VINE PHYSIOLOGY AND GRAPE PRODUCTION

AGR2PGP

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe science of grapevines: Anatomy and physiologyPrescribedKeller, M 2010ACADEMIC PRESS, US
ReadingsGrapes cultivation, varieties and nutritional usesRecommendedMurphy, R & Steifler, C (eds.) 2012NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK
ReadingsMethodologies and results in grapevine researchRecommendedDelrot, S, Medrano, H, Or, E & Bavaresco L (eds.) 2011SPRINGER, NETHERLANDS
ReadingsThe chemistry and biology of winemakingRecommendedHornsey, I 2007THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY, UK
ReadingsThe grapevine: From the science to the practice of growing vines for wineRecommendedIland, P, Dry, P, Proffitt, T & Tyerman, S 2011PATRICK ILAND WINE PROMOTION, ADELAIDE
ReadingsThe grapevine: From the science to the practice of growing vines for wineRecommendedIland, P, Dry, P, Proffitt, T & Tyerman, S 2011PATRICK ILAND WINE PROMOTIONS, ADELAIDE
ReadingsThe production of grapes and wine in cool climatesRecommendedJackson, D & Schustser, D 2007DUNMORE PUBLISHING, NEW ZEALAND
ReadingsThe science or grapevines: anatomy and physiologyRecommendedKeller, M 2012ACADEMIC PRESS, US

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Investigate and evaluate management practices and make recommendations to improve high quality and high yield grapes.

Activities:
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.

Activities:
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.

Activities:
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.

Activities:
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

Activities:
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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
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."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
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"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two Practical reports (total 1,600-words equivalent)Activities from the practical sessions will be assessed40 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 site30 01, 02, 03, 05