Church Point (NS), March 5, 2019 - Université Sainte-Anne is excited to announce that the Research Nova Scotia Trust is awarding $295,205 in funding to professors Karine Pedneault and Gustavo Leite. This funding will build the spaces and physical resources required to conduct the research activities planned in the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriScience Program project announced last summer.

Located at the Church Point campus, the laboratory will include a wine processing room, a fermentation room and cold storage rooms. These installations will allow for the production of white wines from berries of different ripening levels and terroirs. Data collected during production will allow researchers to better understand berry and wine chemical composition, which are important quality indicators. In collaboration with Acadia University, sensory descriptive analyses as well as consumers' preference analyses will be conducted using wine produced in this laboratory.

“The Research Nova Scotia Trust was established by the province to support important research projects like this one. This project at Université Sainte-Anne is a great example of how business and academia can work together to make a real and lasting impact on Nova Scotia's growing wine industry.”

- Dr. Colin Dodds, trustee of the Research Nova Scotia Trust

“We are excited to be able to contribute to the development of the wine industry, a priority area for Nova Scotia, and we look forward to seeing the impacts this laboratory will have on our rural communities.”

- Kenneth Deveau, Vice President Academic and Research at Université Sainte-Anne

This wine research laboratory will have positive impacts not only on industry but will also serve as a specialized platform for training highly qualified students and forming teams of experts for the wine sector. Paméla Nicolle, a PhD student and specialist in wine chemistry has joined Dr. Pedneault's team in January to bring important contributions to these research projects.

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

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Université Sainte-Anne
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