Reducing environmental and economic cost of leaf diseases’ management on grapes

Join our project aiming to reduce grape leaf disease management costs and environmental impact. You will evaluate disease prevalence on different grape cultivars and test organic pesticides efficacy with different disease forecasting models. By leveraging resistant cultivars and accurate forecasting, we aim to reduce pesticide usage and toxicity while maintaining effective disease control. This research supports sustainable viticulture practices, crucial for the long-term sustainable agriculture.

Anticipated Time Commitment:

  • 12 to 14 weeks with 23-28 hours per week between May 20 (earliest start) and August 30 (latest finish)

Project Duration:

  • Summer 2024, with continuation possible.

Compensation:

  • Paid hourly

To Apply:

Name of research group, project, or lab
Petit
Why participate in this opportunity?

Gaining experience in our project offers you to learn the practical aspects of viticulture and plant disease management, and the mentorship. The focus on hands-on learning is essential for a thorough grasp of viticulture practices and plant pathology. Working closely with experts in the vineyard and diagnosing plant diseases, you will acquire key skills. These competencies are not just academically beneficial but are also highly valuable in fields such as plant biology, horticulture, environmental sciences, and ecology, in addition to the numerous networking and career development opportunities.

Logistics Information:
Subject Category
Ecology
Microbiology
Plant Biology
Student ranks applicable
Sophomore
Junior
Student qualifications
  1. Basic botany knowledge 
  2. Interest in sustainable practices for the environment Interest in field work (Observation of diseases...)
  3. Not afraid to carry out repetitive tasks 
  4. Ability to work with big data spreadsheets 
  5. High level of organization 
  6. Ability to work independently 
  7. Ability to troubleshoot 
  8. Strong attention to detail and meticulous approach to tasks
Time commitment
15+ h/wk
Position Types and Compensation
Research - Paid, General
Number of openings
1
Techniques learned

 

Viticulture Techniques:

  • Grapevine biology
  • Management of grapevine microclimate to optimize grape quality

Plant Disease Recognition in the Field:

  • Hands-on training in identifying and diagnosing common grapevine diseases.

Disease Management for Organic Practices:

  • Learning about organic pesticides
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) principles to reduce chemical use while maintaining vine health
Project start
May 20 (earliest start) and August 30 (latest finish)
Contact Information:
Mentor
Elsa Petit
epetit@umass.edu
Principal Investigator
Name of project director or principal investigator
Elsa Petit
Email address of project director or principal investigator
epetit@umass.edu
1 sp. | 4 appl.
Hours
15+ h/wk
Project categories
Plant Biology (+2)
EcologyMicrobiologyPlant Biology