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WRI Seminar – Assoc. Prof David Jeffery

Apr 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This seminar series showcases the excellent science our members, affiliates and collaborators are undertaking across the agriculture, food and wine sectors. Expand your network and find new collaborators!

Everyone is welcome – seminars are generally scheduled at 12pm on Thursdays, with some exceptions. Join us at Charles Hawker Conference Centre or online – registrations are required

Associate Professor David Jeffery  – Synthetic and analytical chemistries: Enabling grape and wine science

WRI and School of Ag, Food and Wine

WHEN: Thursday 8th April 2021, 12pm

Abstract:  The adage “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” is highly relevant to grape and wine chemistry, whether that is to evaluate grape and wine quality or to determine the outcomes of trials that influence the composition of phenolics, colour, and flavour, among other traits. To measure something requires development and application of appropriate analytical methods and that’s partly what my research focuses on. This combines synthetic organic chemistry, to make authentic compounds and stable isotope standards, natural products chemistry, to isolate, purify and identify compounds, and analytical chemistry, to derive accurate methods for analysis of important chemical constituents. A good number of projects have focused on wine aroma and flavour and involved the application of methods developed within the group to address various research questions, especially around the biogenesis of flavour compounds. We are also investigating things as diverse as wine authentication, managing grape heterogeneity, and identifying unique regional characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Overall, my pursuits aim to expand grape and wine chemical knowledge through investigation of factors from the vineyard to the winery that underpin grape and wine chemical composition and ultimately drive wine quality and style. Some examples will be presented that highlight this general research theme.

The seminar will be both face-to-face in Charles Hawker Conference Centre and as a webinar.

Due to a limit of 70 people in Charles Hawker if you wish to attend in person you must register at this Eventbrite link


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Apr 8
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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