Former Fellow Professor Robert White’s new book awarded Prix de l’OIV 2021

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St Cross Former Fellow Robert White, Emeritus Professor of Soil Science at the University of Melbourne, has published a new book: ‘Healthy Soils for Healthy Vines: Soil Management for Productive Vineyards’. The book has been awarded the International Organisation of Vine and Wine’s OIV Prize - Prix de l’OIV 2021, in the category ‘Vitiviniculture Durable’ – (Sustainable Vitiviniculture).

The award, given for the first time in 1930, encourages both research in all countries and the distribution of knowledge about Vine and Wine at the international level.

The book, written with Mark Krstic, provides a clear understanding of vineyard soils and how to manage and improve soil health for better vineyard performance.

It covers the inherent and dynamic properties of soil health, how to choose which soil properties to monitor, how to monitor soil and vine performance, considering that practices affect soil health, fruit composition and wine sensory characters.

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The book also offers the basic tenets of sustainable wine growing and their significance for business resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Professor Robert White is the author of Principles and Practice of Soil Science and Soils for Fine Wines and Understanding Vineyard Soils. With wide experience in soil, water and nutrient management in Australia, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, China and southern Africa, he consults to the wine industry and provides scientific advice on soil management to the Australian Wine Research Institute. He has received several awards for his research and scholarship, and is an honorary life member of the International Union of Soil Sciences.