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Australia: New technology "shines a light" on smoke taint damage

Published Apr 13, 2021

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A new research project is investigating whether a single drop of grape juice or wine placed on a sensor can detect smoke taint.

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The Wine Australia-supported Science and Innovation Award winner Dr Cheryl Suwen Law is using nanofabrication techniques to help winemakers and growers know when their grapes have been tainted by bushfire smoke – and to what extent. ‘The aim of my project is to provide growers and winemakers with a tailored ‘lab-on-a-chip’ sensing technology for rapid detection and quantification of smoke exposure in grape, grape juice and wine’, said Dr Suwen Law, a Research Associate with the University of Adelaide’s School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. Dr Cheryl Suwen Law, the recipient of the Wine Australia-supported Science and Innovation Award 2021 Dr Suwen Law said the technology could be used early on in production, allowing timely decision-making around grape harvest and winemaking. ‘Knowing earlier, rather than later, that fruit is tainted will give growers and winemakers a wider choice of options on how to proceed.’ The benefit of this technology – which works by ...
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