Scientist– Plant & Food Research
Dion grew up with the wine industry in Canterbury and worked on the family vineyard while completing his BSc and MSc with honours at Canterbury University 1993 – 1998. In 1999 Dion joined the Plant & Food Research team in Marlborough and has been working with horticultural crops in Marlborough ever since. The opening of the Marlborough Wine Research Centre in 2004 has lead to the continued focus of horticultural research into viticulture research.
His viticulture research interests include Botrytis bunch rot, disease monitoring and management, grapevine mycorrhizal fungi, plant establishment, general vine health, mulching, physiological impacts of virus on grapes, trunk diseases and Yeast available nitrogen (YAN) of fruit.
- Investigation of Botrytis / Nitrogen interactions
- Investigation of grapevine trunk fungi in New Zealand
- Investigation of the physiological impacts of leaf roll type 3 virus on Sauvignon Blanc grapevines
- Field testing of new compounds, organism and practises for disease control in grapes
- Marlborough Trunk Disease Web
- Our Reports