Vinay Pagay

Dr Vinay Pagay

Lecturer

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a viticulture researcher and educator based at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. I received my doctorate in 2014 from Cornell University where I worked on developing sensors for measuring plant and soil water status.

My current research is in the area of grapevine ecophysiology with a particular focus on how the environment influences vine performance and productivity. My research places considerable emphasis on modeling the interactions between environment, especially water availability, and grapevines to predict their growth and yield under changing climatic conditions. My research also seeks to understand how biotic (e.g. virus infections) and abiotic (e.g. drought) stresses affect grapevine physiological performance and productivity.

I am also working in the areas of proximal and remote sensing of vineyards, and to use this high spatial and temporal resolution information to improve our ability to manage vineyards using variable rate inputs.

Grapevine Ecophysiology:
  • The role of aquaporins in determining the growth potential of grapevine shoots
  • Understanding the physiological limitations to enhanced transpiration efficiency in order to improve leaf-scale water use efficiency (WUE)
  • Deficit irrigation strategies to reduce night transpiration and improve WUE
  • Mitigation of heat stress in grapevines using mister-based cooling
Advanced Sensing Technologies in Vineyards:
  • Detection of biotic and abiotic stresses in grapevines using proximal and remote sensing techniques
  • Yield estimation using on-the-go sensors
  • Continuous in situ measurements of plant water status

VITICULT 2500WT - Viticultural Science II

OENOLOGY 3530WT - Engineering for Viticulture and Oenology

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor To Study "The role of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and GABA (Gamma amino butyric acid) in cell death and berry shrivel under drought stress in grape berry development" Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Chethana Gowder Shekharappa
    2018 Principal Supervisor Understanding Spatiotemporal Patterns of Fruit Composition in Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards in Central California Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brent Shipley Sams
    2018 Co-Supervisor Smoke Taint Amelioration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Colleen Szeto
    2018 Co-Supervisor Managing Berry Heterogeneity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Claire Elizabeth Jane Armstrong
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Pre-breeding of an Indigenous Crop in Australia, Kunzea pomifera (muntries): Horticultural Production and Genetic Diversity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Chi Mai Do
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Horticultural Science Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member American Society of Horticultural Science Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member International Society of Horticultural Science Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member American Society of Enology and Viticulture Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130773
  • Email: vinay.pagay@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Research Centre, floor 1
  • Room: 1 86
  • Org Unit: Plant Science

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