The Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series, held every two years and organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), took place over two days in Ontario’s Niagara region and again on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14 in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley.
More than 200 grape growers and wine industry professionals attended over the four days to discuss disease pressures and attend a lecture with Vaughn Bell, senior scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research.
“Vaughn Bell shared a wealth of knowledge about vineyard health and insect vector management strategies taking place at home and abroad,” said CCOVI director Debbie Inglis.
Bell visited three vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the first day of the series, discussing vineyard health and disease pressures. The next day, he summarized the discussions held during the vineyard tours in a public lecture at Brock’s Pond Inlet.
After his stop in Ontario, he headed to B.C. for the second leg of the series.
“The level of awareness around the interaction between vineyard disease and the insects that spread it has developed significantly since my last visit in February 2018,” Bell said. “That’s all credit to your sector leaders and those funded by the sector to bring about positive change.”
The Ontario and B.C. public lecture slides, as well as a video of the Ontario public lecture, are available on CCOVI’s website.
Source: Brock University August 15, 2019 news release