Vinecology researcher John Williams published a paper recently in the online journal Carbon Balance and Management. He and coauthors found that vineyard landscapes that include both vines and native vegetation provide more environmental benefits than vineyards planted solidly in grapevines.
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For your stay, we have booked rooms in the Best Western Palm Court Hotel (234 D Street, Davis Phone: 530/753-7100). Below the Palm Court is Cafe Bernardo ★, a tasty moderately priced cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. East down 3rd Street is Newsbeat ★, a nifty shop with a wide selection of newspapers, magazines, candies, drinks, and postcards. Around the corner and south down F Street is Peet's Coffee & Tea ★, and just another right turn west on 2nd Street is Mishka's Cafe. Quick places to grab a bite in the immediate vicinity include Burgers & Brew ★, Zia's Deli, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Crepeville, and many others. Higher end restaurants abound, with Seasons ★, Aioli, Bistro 33, Little Prague and others come to mind as good places to eat. The best baked goods are certainly to be found at The Village Bakery ★ at the corner of 4th & G Streets, and across the way is El Mariachi Taqueria ★, which serves up several authentic Mexican style salsas. The best single resource for the City of Davis and its many resources is the DavisWiki.org. (★ denotes some favorites)
The following publications are intended to provide workshop attendees with a brief but necessary introduction to the topics of sustainable agriculture, sustainable viticulture, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and climate change adaptation.
Links to papers are provided below as attachments.
Fiedler et. al. 2008. Maximizing ecosystem services from conservation biological control: The role of habitat management. Biological Control, 45, 2007, 254-271.
Lohse, K. A, Newburn, D. A. & A.Merenlender. 2007. Forecasting relative impacts of land use on anadromous fish habitat to guide conservation planning. Ecological Applications, 18, 2007, 467-482.
Scherr, S. J. and J. A. McNeely. 2008. Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of 'ecoagriculture' landscapes. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 363: 477-494.
Underwood, E.C., Viers, J.H., Klausmeyer, K.R., Cox, R.L., Shaw, M.R., 2009. Threats and biodiversity in the mediterranean biome. Divers. & Distrib. 15, 188-197.
Suggested Additional Reading
Altieri et al. 2005. Manipulating vineyard biodiversity for improved insect pest management: case studies from northern California. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, 1: 1-13.
The upcoming Vinecology workshop is a follow-up to the 1st International Workshop on Biodiversity and Vines, held in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2007. That event came out of a collective recognition that vineyard conversion is a major threat to global Mediterranean ecosystems, but that within the winegrowing economic sector there is willingness and opportunity to effect positive change. Over the past 10 years a group of researchers and conservation practitioners have been investigating ecosystem services, sustainable vineyard practices and biodiversity conservation in these systems. At the same time, sustainable vineyard development and management approaches are becoming increasingly prevalent. The benchmarks of sustainability, however, remain somewhat unclear and are generally lacking in scientific basis. As a result, there is a need for the synthesis of scientific and economic data, climate change model results and best management practices in order to guide future vineyard development.
Interest in developing more sustainable viticulture practices is increasing among growers, consumers, and policymakers. A three-year study (1990-92) was conducted in western Fresno County to investigate the effects of cover crops, nitrogen fertilization, and leaf removal not only on yield and quality parameters, but also on population patterns of arthropod pests and their natural enemies. Viticultural data collected included yield, cluster weight, clusters per vine, berry weight, berries per cluster, percentage bunch rot, pruning weight, soluble solids, pH, titratable acidity, and a series of nutrient levels (NO3-N, K, P, Zn, Mn, Na, Mg, B). Integrated pest management data collected included leaf sampling for leafhoppers and their egg parasitoids and canopy shakecloth sampling for spiders, as well as sweepnet and pitfall trap sampling for herbivores and natural enemies on vineyard floor vegetation. Results confirm that grape growers have effective alternative practices which should be helpful in developing more sustainable viticulture systems.
Organized by the C.A.P.E. Estuaries Programme of CapeNature, Biodiversity and Wine Initiative SA, and Vinecology University of California Davis, the 1st International Workshop on Biodiversity & Vines was held 25-27 June 2007. Nearly 60 participants gathered over three days to discuss research and education as it related to biodiversity conservation in vineyard settings.
This report is the executive summary of this workshop and a first publication for the Vinecology Research Group.
Viers, JH, TR Kelsey, P de Villiers, I Kotzé, G Haysom, R Gaigher, SD Wratten, MD Reynolds, & FC Bayly. 2008. From Wine to Whales: an Executive Summary Report of the 1st International Biodiversity and Vines Workshop, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Published by Vinecology Research Group, University of California, Davis, Davis CA USA 20 ppd.