You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Wednesday 1 July 2015

Scientists use DNA tech to develop wine

10th June, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Researchers in Australia are studying the genome of different grapes to see how the DNA composition of the vine affects the taste of wine as well as to speed up the clonal selection process.

DNAAccording to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, teams from the West Australian Department of Agriculture and Food and the University of Western Australia, think that the study could lead winemakers to better understand their vineyards as well as improve their ability to make wines with clear regional differences.

Genome sequencing technology has improved rapidly in recent years and the new “next generation” sequencing allows genomes to be mapped in a week and for A$1,000 each.

It took some A$3 billion and 13 years to map the human genome.

Senior research officer at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Glynn Ward, told ABC that the research would be useful in vine selection and creating vine crossings as well.

He said: “If you come across a good grape vine, you can sort of duplicate that if you like by grafting the buds.

“Because of natural variability, you do find that some vines perform better than others.”

By creating new clones for the first time, the industry will finally have “benchmarks” from which to choose from, which, it is said, will speed up clonal selection.

Ward continued: “As we go back into the populations of grape vines and find there are even better vines within the groups, rather than very time consuming process where we need to go in year after year […] having a marker will enable us to speed up that whole process.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Symington Estates to uncover Douro's best grapes

Symington Family Estates has planted an experimental vineyard in the hottest more...

Chilean brand looks back to move forward

Chilean producer Santa Carolina has launched an “icon” wine with a more...

Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

Antipodean craft brewers in tax tussle

A proposed tax refund for craft brewers in Australia should not be extended to more...

UK craves Spanish wining and dining

British foodies are passing over Bordeaux and Burgundy in favour of Spanish more...

Vinexpo: five days 'too much' says organiser

Vinexpo doesn’t need to run for the full five days because no visitor stays more...

London Sales Manager / Key Account Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive - depending on skills and experience

China’s Ningxia region launches wine contest

Select winemakers will have the chance to travel to China to learn from its more...

Austrian wine importer launches in Hong Kong

A wine importer specialising in Austrian wines has launched in Hong Kong to more...

Red wine can help you lose weight

Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, has been found to more...

UK Sales Manager

London, United Kingdom

Top 10 wines in the US press

An impressive Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel blend from Uruguay and a Vernaccia from more...

Bilingual 'tool' demystifies wine tasting

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority has developed a new "tool" which more...

Wine cellar carved into cliff on sale for $3m

A nine-storey deep wine cellar carved into a cliff edge has gone on sale in more...

Hatch Mansfield – Brand Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary

WOSA woos UK indies and on-trade

Wines of South Africa has announced plans for a new UK trade tasting later this more...

Mateus rosé clears up its design

Portuguese rosé brand Mateus is switching to a clear glass bottle this summer, more...

Red wine could help fight depression

A component found in the skins of red grapes could be used to treat depression more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

Pontifex Scholarship 2015 open for entries

Wine Australia and The Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust have opened the 2015 more...

Winemaker fined $35k over toxic waste

An Australian winemaker has been fined AUS$35,000 (£17,000) after he was found more...

Hardys invests £4m in summer of cricket

Hardys has unveiled a new £4 million consumer marketing campaign to tie in more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An English fizz fit for Wimbledon, a "chunky, berry-stuffed" Negroamaro and a more...

MMD bolsters Italian portfolio with Mazzei

Maisons Marques et Domaines has extended its Italian portfolio with the more...