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CSIRO Waite Campus Seminar: Dr Rob Bramley
Dec 4, 4:00 pm
The following seminar will take place at 4:00 pm on Tuesday 4th December in the CSIRO Building 1 Seminar Room, Waite Rd, Urrbrae.
Grape yield, fruit quality, science and dogma: take your pick!
Dr Rob Bramley | Senior Principal Research Scientist – Precision Agriculture, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
All over the world, the wine industry operates on the assumption that higher yields of grapes mean lower quality fruit and so lesser wines than those derived from lower yielding sites. An obvious question is: Why? This talk will report on a recent project which sought to investigate this so-called yield: quality nexus at the within vineyard scale in contrasting vineyards in the Clare Valley and at Kingston-on-Murray in the Riverland. With the knowledge that vineyards may be highly variable production systems, the approach taken was to use the tools of Precision Viticulture (yield monitoring, remote and proximal canopy sensing, the global positioning system (GPS), etc.…) and methods of spatial analysis, to see whether links between fruit yield and quality could be established. We also sought to take some early steps in developing an ability to assess fruit ‘quality’ or composition ‘on-the-go’ during harvest which will also be described.
About the Speaker
Dr Rob Bramley is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO’s Integrated Agricultural Systems program, leads the ‘Precision Agriculture and Viticulture Team’ and is the Site Leader for CSIRO at Waite Campus, Adelaide. He has worked as a soil chemist, on land-use sustainability issues, and since 1996, has had a primary research focus on Precision Agriculture (PA) and the management of variability in agricultural production systems for economic and environmental benefits. He has led significant multi-agency PA projects in the Australian wine, sugar and grains sectors and has been a pioneer in the development of Precision Viticulture for winegrape production systems. He was recently the inaugural recipient of the ASVO’s Peter May award.
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