Grape microbiome

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The cold climate wine industry has recently boomed in the Northeastern America after the successful breeding of cold-tolerant grape varieties. Vineyards harbor a wide variety of microorganisms that play a pivotal role in grape quality and will contribute significantly to the final aromatic properties of wine. If essential beneficial microorganisms have been identified in traditional wine cultivars, in contrast little is known about cold-climate cultivars.

This project investigates how microbial communities vary between wild native grapes and agrosystems such as vineyards of Northeastern America. This will help in the discovery of yeast and bacterial species essential to wine quality and guide future sustainable farming practices.

The potential student should be interested in ecology, microbial genomics, biology, and grapes! Some basic knowledge (or at least motivation to learn) about bioinformatics would be a plus.

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Elsa Petit

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