LAWR Researchers Receive Award for Best Viticulture Paper

Authors of winery wastewater study, from left to right: Sanjai Parikh, Lucas Silva, Kerri Steenwerth, Maya Buelow (Photo Credit: Karen Block).

Authors of winery wastewater study, from left to right: Sanjai Parikh, Lucas Silva, Kerri Steenwerth, Maya Buelow (Photo Credit: Karen Block).

The 2016 Best Viticulture Paper by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) was recently awarded to a publication by Maya Buelow, Lucas Silva, Kerri Steenwerth, and Sanjai Parikh. The study presented in the American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Characterization of Winery Wastewater for Reuse in California, is part of Maya Buelow’s M.S. research which was conducted in the Parikh Soil Chemistry Lab (UC Davis) and the Steenwerth Sustainable Viticulture Lab (USDA ARS). This paper provides baseline data on the wastewater chemistry for 18 wineries in the Napa and Lodi regions of California over a two year period. This research provides the first data to support the reuse of much of the generated winery wastewater in California, with particular attention to potential soil salinity issues. ­­­Buelow also investigated the impact of winery wastewaters of varying salinity and composition on soil hydraulic conductivity and demonstrated a large impact of soil minerology in a follow up study. In fall 2015, Maya participated in a few radio interviews to discuss her research, with her NPR interview picked up by over 60 affiliates nationwide.

Related links:

Capital Public Radio Interview: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/28/california-drought-grape-growers-treat,-reuse-wastewater-on-vineyards/

American Society for Enology and Viticulture Best Paper Awards: http://www.asev.org/best-paper-awards

Citations:

Buelow, M.C., L.C.R. Silva, K. Steenwerth, and S.J. Parikh. 2015. Characterization of Winery Wastewater for Reuse in California. American Journal Enology Viticulture. 66: 302-310.

Buelow, M.C., K. Steenwerth, and S.J. Parikh. 2015. The Effect of Mineral-Ion Interactions on Soil Hydraulic Conductivity. Agricultural Water Management. 152:277-285.