Red Blotch Disease: Detection, Vector and Spread
As red blotch continues to encroach upon more and more Oregon vineyards, knowledge of the latest research and trends has never been more critical. Scientists from UC Davis, ARS and Oregon State University will share their latest research on detection, vectors and the spread of grapevine red blotch associated virus. From ARS, Mysore Sudarshana will share his research on detection, from UC Davis, Frank Zalom will share his research on the vectors and spread of red blotch in California. Vaughn Walton and Rick Hilton will share their latest research on the vectors and spread in Oregon. Attendees will also hear from a Southern Oregon grower about his personal trials and tribulations at controlling the virus.
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Rick Hilton is a senior faculty research assistant and entomologist at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) focusing on integrated pest management in orchards and vineyards. Richard has a BA in biology from Pomona College and a MS from UC Davis in plant protection and pest management. He started working at what was then the Southern Oregon Experiment Station in 1987 as a research assistant and orchard manager. In 1994, he took over the entomology and IPM research program at SOREC.
In June of 2008, Rynders launched his own successful wine consulting business, Tony Rynders Consulting. Rynders consults on winery design, vineyard design and development, wine quality improvement, brand development, and product development. In 2010 he created Tour de Force Wine Company, which provides custom winemaking services.