Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics


Kaan Kurtural Explains Current Grape Industry Research at Fresno State University


Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Viticulture

Dr. Kaan Kurtural joined the department November 2015 as a new Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture. Dr. Kurtural’s research focuses on three main parts with short and long-term outcomes:

  • improving production efficiency in vineyards by applying principles of canopy and crop load management using vineyard mechanization and applied water amounts
  • identifying quality improvement traits in berry composition by translating fundamental research into applied production practices in vineyards;
  • evaluating alternative methods of control invasive species in vineyards.

Selected Publications

  • M.W. Fidelibus, S. Vasquez and S.K. Kurtural. 2016. Late season plastic covers affect canopy,microclimate and fruit quality of Autumn King and Red Globe table grapes. HortTechnology. (in press).
  • C.C. Nelson, Y. Zhang, J.A. Kennedy and S.K. Kurtural. 2016. Applied water and rootstocks affect productivity and anthocyanin composition of Zinfandel in central California. Amer. J. Enol. Vitic. 67:1. (in press)
  • M. G. Cook, Y. Zhang, C. Nelson, G. Gambetta, J.A. Kennedy and S.K. Kurtural. 2015. Anthocyanin composition of Merlot is ameliorated by light microclimate and irrigation in central California. Amer. J. Enol. Vitic. 66:3 266-278
  • P. Wilson, D. Archbold, J. Masabni and SK. Kurtural, 2014. Balanced cropping of Vidal blanc (Vitis spp.) improves primary bud cold hardiness and maintains yield and berry composition in warm climate. HortScience 49: 474-480.
  • SK. Kurtural, LF. Wessner, G Dervishian, 2013. Vegetative Compensation Response of a Procumbent Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) Cultivar in Response to Mechanical Canopy Management HortScience 43:1-8 (cover page article)

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