26 June 2012
4 - 5pm
Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Room (G010), UniServices House, 70 Symonds Street, Auckland
A Bioengineering research seminar by Richard Gardner, Professor of Microbiology, School of Biological Sciences
Professor Gardner's laboratory is trying to breed a wine yeast that will produce better quality wines. In particular, his research group is seeking yeast strains that ferment all the sugars in grape juice reliably, ferment well at cold temperatures, and produce higher concentrations of key fruity aroma chemicals in wine.
Professor Gardner has a yeast strain that is in commercial trials of Sauvignon Blanc with New Zealand winemakers. This seminar will review recent progress of the trial and outline prospects for further development.