We invited Dr. Amaya Atucha, assistant professor from Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss about collaborative researches on wine grape cultivation in cold regions.
She is an assistant professor of fruit crop physiology and a fruit crop extension specialist at UW-Madison. On April 24th, she held a special seminar about fruit production in Wisconsin and her recent works on overwintering strategies of wine grapes and cranberries. In this seminar, not only the students and faculty members of OUAVM, but also some farmers and researchers of a national institute participated. During her stay, we visited two wineries in Hokkaido, and had active discussions about wine grape cultivation in cold regions with the growers. We also discussed about possible collaborative researches aimed at promoting the wing grape cultivation in Hokkaido.