Cornell Graduate Student Earns Grape Disease Research

Cornell Graduate Student Earns Grape Disease Research


Megan Hall poses for a photo at a vineyard overlooking Seneca Lake. (Photo courtesy of Megan Hall )

Megan Hall is the recipient of the 2017 Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Viticulture from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV), which includes a $12,500 scholarship.


The Cornell University doctoral student in Plant Pathology and plant-Microbe Biology focuses on plant pathogens. She was recognized for her work on sour rot.

Wayne Wilcox, Hall’s advisor, told The Cornell Chronicle the tools for sour rot management were nonexistent because the organisms of the disease were unknown. With this research, growers can learn about Hall’s and Wilcox’s spray trials and how to use antimicrobial and insecticide sprays to control the disease.

Hall has also cataloged microbial diversity on developing grapes with the USDA’s ARS Grape Genetics Research Unit and studied the role fruit flies have in sour rot development with Greg Loeb in Cornell’s Department of Entomology.

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Vince Ferragamo says:

Congratulations on your President’s award. My name is Vince Ferragamo and I played quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 14. I live in Orange County California and have been growing Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes here for the last 9 years. We have won Gold Medals for our “Caressa J” super Tuscan wine the last 4 years from L.A. International Wine Competition. If you ever make it to California, I’d love to show you our small boutique vineyard of 220 vines. Again, good luck with your continued interest in viticulture.