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Software for cellar to seller

By Patricia Howardalt

The Orlando Wyndham Group is adding cutting-edge mathematics – embedded into powerful new software – to the business of wine-making in a move to grow its operational capacity and global competitiveness.

The wine company is employing these revolutionary software tools to collect, analyse and process the myriad of information streams that feed into key production decisions.

In effect, working with researchers from CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, it is reinventing the way a supply chain is managed. The approach is to replace the conventional, linear-relationship supply chain with a more collaborative approach.

The intention is to eliminate wastage and delays, and to maximise opportunities by having every facet of the supply chain – from vineyard management through to grape delivery through to wine making – managed holistically and collaboratively.

This should mean that significantly less time and money will be lost through waste, or poor decisions caused by inadequate or incomplete information.

 

Enter the Cyber Judge

By CSIRO

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The human nose is a remarkable organ. Walk into a room and most people can instantly recognise and differentiate a wide range of smells, or odorants (chemical compounds).

It is a sense that has kept humans and other animals alive and safe for millions of years, and as impressive as the human nose is – with 300 active receptor genes the average person can detect thousands of odours – it is no match for the rat (which has three times more receptors to do the job) and, significantly, the humble nematode

This microscopic worm has 500 olfactory receptors – the proteins that cause a neurological reaction when they come into contact with the molecules of a particular chemical compound – and are a key target for CSIRO scientists who believe they can replicate this in new biosensor technology.

Because the nematode’s genome has been sequenced, scientists are already able to identify the genes responsible for the receptor proteins and aim eventually to reproduce synthetic protein receptors.

The head of the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship Cybernose Project, entomologist Dr Stephen Trowell, says two critical problems have to be solved before the cybernose can become a reliable wine judge.

 

Finding genes for wine quality

By CSIRO

Researchers are looking closely at grapevine genes that help control wine qualityalt

Improving plant performance and fruit quality improves wine quality and profitability for viticulturalists and winemakers.

There are three factors that determine plant performance: genes, the environment and viticultural management. While we can control how vines are managed and to some extent their environment, the genetic makeup of grapevine is only now being revealed.

Researchers working at CSIRO Plant Industry are looking closely at grape genes, especially those related to the quality of wine; its colour, flavour, mouthfeel and aroma.

Genetic research into grapevine is also showing researchers how environment and management affect the way that these genes are expressed and will lead to improved viticultural techniques in the future.

 


 

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