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Joseph Marks, inaugural recipient of the Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award

Twelve emerging grape and wine researchers from five Australian universities have received Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research Scholarships for 2020.

Joseph Marks from the University of Adelaide is the inaugural recipient of the Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award, which recognises the most outstanding candidate. He will be investigating how under-vine cover crops affect the relationship between plant roots and the fungi that allow plants to capture nutrients, soil organic carbon composition and soil carbon stocks.

Wine Australia General Manager Research, Development and Extension Dr Liz Waters said: “Dr Jordan was an ardent supporter of academic endeavour and encouraged excellence across the Australian grape and wine community. Mr Marks’ project will investigate a developing area of research that aims to support increasing the environmental sustainability of vineyards across Australia.”

The recipients of Wine Australia’s scholarships for 2020 are:

  • Joseph Marks (Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award recipient): Sustaining viticulture: How under-vine (sp. Vitis vinifera) cover crops affect arbuscular mycorrhizal associations, soil organic carbon composition and soil carbon stocks
  • Billy Xynas: Wine production in a changing Australian climate: water addition to musts and the effects on phenolic, chemical and sensory attributes
  • Chethana Shekharappa: The role of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) in cell death in grape berry development
  • Christopher Caboche: Analysis of the wine glycoproteome and proteome to improve quality and track provenance
  • Hugh Holds: From brandewijn (burnt wine) to bush fires: new directions in Australian Brandy production
  • Kamalpreet Kaur: The molecular epidemiology and control of grapevine Pinot Gris virus in Australian viticulture
  • Merek Kesser: A regional study of the effects of vineyard floor management on soil health, biodiversity and terroir expression
  • Natalja Ivanova: Understanding the sensory perception of ‘body’ in beer and wine
  • Pippa French: Science to inform decision making between synthetic and alternative nitrogen sources in vineyards
  • Ruchira Ranaweera: Chemical markers for authentication of Australian wine
  • Xiaoyi Wang: Molecular genetic control of grapevine bud fruitfulness
  • Yihe Sui: Use of membrane filtration technology to achieve protein stability in white wine

The scholarship recipients are undertaking their studies at The University of Adelaide, La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania.

Wine Australia’s PhD and Masters by Research scholarships are awarded annually and aim to support and attract postgraduate students to the fields of wine, viticulture and wine business research.

Source: Wine Australia

Featured Image: Joseph Marks, inaugural recipient of the Dr Tony Jordan OAM Award