Deborah Golino has been appointed director of the University of California's Viticulture Consortium and the California Competitive Grants Program for Viticulture and Enology (CCGPVE), effective July 1.

Since 1994, Golino has been director of UC's Foundation Plant Services, which provides disease-free plant material. She will continue to oversee Foundation Plant Services along with leading the viticulture and enology research funding programs. Golino's new responsibilities will include issuing the annual request for proposals, coordinating the peer-review process and awarding grants to selected projects, while coordinating with other UC research programs for wine, raisin and table grapes.

“Dr. Golino is nationally recognized as a grape researcher and her work as director of Foundation Plant Services has resulted in significant benefits to the grape and wine industry worldwide,” said Maxwell Norton, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources program leader for agricultural productivity. “I am delighted that Deborah will be able help us in this role, which will be in addition to all of her other duties.”

Golino, who is also a UC Cooperative Extension plant pathologist, came to UC Davis in 1987 to work on grapevine viruses as a USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist with an adjunct appointment in the UC Davis plant pathology department.

“Over the last decade, I have seen the grape industry and researchers working together to build the Viticulture Consortium and the California Competitive Grants Program for Viticulture and Enology to provide much needed funding for research on grapes and wines, very important industries in California and the western states,” Golino said.

“I am looking forward to continuing the close relationships that exist between the Viticulture Consortium, the CCGPVE, and industry funding groups to coordinate research,” she added. “I am hoping to increase outreach efforts to communicate the results of research funded by the Consortium and the CCGPVE to growers, wine makers, and consumers.”

The Viticulture Consortium is a national research program administered in New York and California. The consortium, which is run through UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and housed at UC Davis, funds studies throughout the western United States. The California Competitive Grants Program funds research within the state. Both are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Extension and Education Service.

Golino succeeds Robert Webster, who has led the program since its launch in 1997.