R&D

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Developing salt-tolerant grapevines

By Rachel Arthur

Scientists have identified genes expressed in grapevine roots that limit the amount of sodium that reach berries – a discovery that could ‘significantly accelerate’ the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines.

The global stevia market is expected to grow by 8.5% year-on-year and is forecast to be worth US$ 565.2 million by 2020, according to Future Market Insights. Image © Getty Images / HandmadePictures

Mexico’s COFEPRIS approves next gen stevia use

By Stephen Daniells

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), led by Julio Sánchez y Tepoz, has approved SweeGen's next-generation Reb M sweetener for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides.

Hyperspectral camera and lighting system

Using digital technology to detect grape quality

By Rachel Arthur

Researchers at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) are trialling a new way to measure bunch rot and non-grape matter by using near infrared hyperspectral imaging at the weighbridge.

Barossa Valley irrigation project on course to expand

Barossa Valley irrigation project on course to expand

By RJ Whitehead

A trial vineyard irrigation project that set out to reduce reliance on the River Murray is expanding and could soon provide enough water for an entire wine region, a year after it was first commissioned.