East Malling creates research and demonstration vineyard to boost UK viticulture

East Malling Research (EMR) is setting up "a significant new viticulture plot for scientific and demonstration purposes" in partnership with UK vineyards.

Image: EMR
Image: EMR

Explaining the need for the plot, EMR head of viticulture research Dr Julien Lecourt said: "The quality of UK wines has dramatically increased this last decade, and the UK viticulture sector now needs world-class science to further underpin the production of the finest quality, globally-recognised, unique wines and increase winemakers' margins."

It will also serve as a demonstration tool to test upstream innovative practices or novel ideas of research in viticulture.

The Kent research station's grape research programme, which Lecourt co-ordinates, draws on expertise from its resource efficiency, genetics & crop improvement and pest & pathogen ecology research programmes.


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