The National Vine Collection is located all in one place for the first time, based on the Lincoln University campus. Bragato Research Institute’s Grapevine Improvement team has a project underway to improve the vine health of this important collection, as it is difficult to import new vines and once they are gone, we can not replace them.

This project will establish techniques for virus removal from vines in the low-health portion of the National Vine Collection. Then, treat priority genotypes to establish virus-free material using tissue culture.

Bragato Research Institute hopes to bring the collection to a point where any vine material can be requested. Watch the video to see the collection and hear about our project.

Project summary

Researchers: Dr Darrell Lizamore, Dr Solomon Wante, Bragato Research Institute

Years: 2021-2024

Funding: New Zealand Winegrowers