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  • Writer's pictureVik F.

NASA Tech Boosts Vineyards & Wine!

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Let's face it, winemakers have had a tough go of it lately. Between climate change, wildfires, and market pressures, the last thing they need is a deadly vine disease cutting into their yields. Enter NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cornell University, who've teamed up to bring space-age technology right to our vineyards. Using AI and specialized sensors, they can now detect the Grapevine Leafroll Virus with an impressive 87% accuracy rate. That's right, NASA's bringing the tech to the vineyards!

Now, why is this a big deal? Well, this virus is a notorious yield-killer, reducing grape production by up to 40% and costing growers tens of thousands of dollars per hectare. The only solution until now has been to remove the infected vines, a costly and labor-intensive process. But with this new technology, winemakers can identify and tackle the problem early, saving both time and money.

So, the next time you're savoring a glass of your favorite wine, take a moment to appreciate the blend of tradition and technology that went into it. This NASA-backed innovation is more than just a cool gadget; it's a game-changer that promises healthier vineyards, more robust yields, and ultimately, better wine for all of us.


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