Moves are well underway to establish a new Kiwifruit Breeding Centre (KBC) - a joint venture between Plant and Food Research (PFR) and Zespri - designed to speed up the process of developing new and improved kiwifruit varieties.
IVES Technical Reviews won the Technical Publication Multi categories in the OIV awards, now in their 90th year.
Damian, who is Plant and Food’s Science Group Leader, Viticulture and Oenology, says the web-based IVES Technical Reviews (Published by the International Viticulture and Enology Society) is a tool to transfer current vine and wine research to end users, including consultants, enologists, agronomists, experts, teachers, students and winegrowers. “It’s much more applied, much simpler research, for industry practitioners,” he says.
The articles published are sourced from OENO One and other scientific and technical journals, and are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Industry trials can also be published in the magazine, but a peer review process mean there is at least one industry reviewer and once science reviewer for any articles, and more if the work is new, Damian says.
The editorial board of the journal is composed of researchers and professionals from the industry, with Damian the Editor-in-Chief vine, while Nikolaos Kontoudakis, from the Agricultural University of Athens, is Editor-in-Chief wine. IVES Technical Reviews was established a year ago and, along with Oeno One, is supported by 17 academic partners and around 20 private company partners, “including some of the most prestigious wine companies in the world,” says Damian. “It’s great to have that support."