Lincoln Professor Pursues Visiting Professorship in France
February 6, 2012 0 Comments
Professor Brian Jordan has recently returned from France, where he held a visiting Professorship at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV), at the University of Bordeaux 2. After hosting ISVV Director Serge Delrot at Lincoln University in 2008, Professor Jordan was invited to teach and carry out research in Bordeaux from February to July of 2011.
Professor Jordan’s research in Bordeaux focused on the impact of environmental factors, particularly light and ultraviolet radiation, on the biochemical pathways responsible for producing aroma compounds in grapes. This research links fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology with practical agricultural and horticultural issues involving sustainable production and future climate change scenarios.
This collaboration has linked Lincoln University with one of the leading world centres in Viticulture and Oenology, allowing for the prospect of future collaborations in other areas as well as the exchange of postgraduate students and staff.
The collaboration has direct relevance to recently extended Sauvignon Blanc Programme, as Professor Jordan’s research focused on biochemical pathways important in the formation of methoxypyrazines, an important aroma molecule in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.