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Svyantek Honored by Viticulture Society

Department of Plant Sciences doctoral student Andrej Svyantek was awarded first place for his poster presentation in the graduate student poster competition at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section annual meeting.
Svyantek Honored by Viticulture Society

Andrej Svyantek

July 26, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences doctoral student Andrej Svyantek was awarded first place for his poster presentation in the Viticulture category of the graduate student poster competition at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section annual meeting held July 10-12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Svyantek co-authored the poster, Ampelometric Characterization of Historic North Dakota Vitis Specimens, with postdoctoral researcher John Stenger and high value crops project leader Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, who serves as Svyantek’s graduate program adviser. In order to evaluate the historic diversity of native grapevines, Vitis spp., within North Dakota, the group examined the variability of leaf shapes collected in the North Dakota State University herbarium. Utilizing this data they were able to graphically recreate grape leaves representing samples spanning three centuries and nearly half the counties in North Dakota.

“This project was a prime opportunity to investigate grapes during the dormant season when there was no green tissue or fruit in sight,” Svyantek said. “Even though snow covered the ground outside Loftsgard Hall, we were still able to explore the heterogeneity of these native grapevines capable of survival in the challenging winter conditions of North Dakota.”

The ASEV-ES meeting included industry tours, current viticulture and enology research, and "Pioneering Wine Grape Varieties for the East" workshop.

The ASEV-ES provides forums for researchers and students to learn about and publish research on grape and wine production, technology developments in enology and viticulture as well as solving problems of specific interest to researchers and producers in the Eastern United States and Canada. Learn more at http://asev-es.org/.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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