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Department of Plant Sciences


Grapevine germplasm maintenanceGrapevine germplasm maintenance

Dr. Sadanand Dhekney leads the University of Wyoming viticulture program. His program utilizes techniques in breeding and biotechnology along with improved management practices for expanding grapevine production in Wyoming. Screening Vitis germplasm for yield, quality and cold-hardiness, and evaluation of production systems for seedless grape cultivars in high tunnels will be a major focus area. Additionally, the program will also incorporate recent advances in grapevine genomics and biotechnology for improving abiotic stress tolerance of elite cultivars and rootstocks.


  • Identification of genes and genetic elements involved in abiotic stress (drought/cold/salinity tolerance)
  • Cisgenic approaches for grapevine improvement to abiotic stress tolerance
  • Optimizing genetic engineering systems for mint genetic improvement
  • Screening grapevine cultivars and rootstocks to climatic and edaphic factors in Wyoming
  • Mitigating cold damage in Wyoming vineyards


  • AECL 3036 – Introduction to Viticulture
  • PLNT 4050/5050 – Plant Biotechnology (Include a lecture and laboratory section)
  • AECL 4920 – Research Apprenticeship
  • PLNT 4975 – Special Problems in Plant Science


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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3103

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