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The Self-Directed courses are the same PowerPoint presentations and audio used for the Viticulture and Enology Certificate Program (  However, here there is no need to go on a waiting list and you can purchase any of the courses individually.  There is no instructor contact available with the self-directed option, there are no exams or assignments, no travel is required, and there is no certificate.   Begin your winemaking and grape production education now!

Viticulture Courses
These courses, also taught by Washington State University and Industry Specialists, are for those who are interested in developing and/or maintaining a vineyard for wine or juice grape production.
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Grapevine Anatomy and Physiology, taught by Dr. Markus Keller, is an introduction to the physical structure of the grapevine, its various organs, their functions, and their interactions with the environment. This course focuses on those elements of physiology that will enhance your understanding of vine function and how they relate to grape production. The course will cover the basic concepts in growth and development, water relations, photosynthesis, respiration, mineral uptake and utilization, and carbon partitioning. Then these concepts will be put to use to understand plant-environment interactions including stress physiology and an introduction to canopy dynamics, yield formation and fruit composition. By the end of the course you should be in a position to apply these concepts to your own production systems.

The 12 Lecture Topics are:
Lecture 1 - Botany and Geography
Lecture 2 - Roots, Shoots and Buds
Lecture 3 - Leaves and Clusters
Lecture 4 - Phenology and Growth Cycle
Lecture 5 - Water Relations and Nutrient Uptake
Lecture 6 - Photosynthesis and Respiration
Lecture 7 - Transport and Distribution
Lecture 8 - Canopy and Environment
Lecture 9 - Nutrient Use - Nitrogen
Lecture 10 - Yield Formation
Lecture 11 - Fruit Composition
Lecture 12 - Environmental Constraints

After purchasing a course you will receive two emails, one will confirm your purchase and one to give you the website for the course and login information. You will also receive periodic emails with suggested textbooks, wine discussions sites you may be interested in, and notification of workshops that may enhance your wine education.
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