Dr Vinay Pagay

Dr Vinay Pagay
  Org Unit Plant Science
  Email vinay.pagay@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 0773
  Location Floor/Room 1 86 ,  Plant Research Centre ,   Waite


B.Eng. (Hons.) - Computer Engineering, McGill University, Canada (1999)

B.Sc. (Hons.) - Oenology and Viticulture, Brock University, Canada (2005)

M.Sc. - Viticulture, Cornell University, USA (2008)

Ph.D. - Viticulture (w/minor in Chemical Engineering), Cornell University, USA (2014)


Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor of Viticulture - Oregon State University, USA (2014-15)

Lecturer in Viticulture - University of Adelaide, Australia (2015 - present)  

Viticultural Science

Grapevine Biology

Vineyard Engineering and Technology

Grapevine Ecophysiology and Climate Change

  • Hydraulic and chemical signaling in grapevines under water stress and recovery
  • Mitigation of heat stress in grapevines using mister-based cooling
  • Deficit irrigation strategies to reduce night transpiration and improve grapevine water use efficiency
  • Understanding the effects of temperature on grape volatiles

Advanced Sensing Technologies in Vineyards

  • Biotic and abiotic stress detection in grapevines using proximal and remote sensing techniques
  • Plant sensor-based precision irrigation in vineyards  
    • Thermal infrared sensing of plant water stress
    • Using in situ microtensiometers for continuous stem water potential measurements
    • Collaboration with UWS Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment Link

I am currently accepting post-graduate (Ph.D.) students who have a background in either viticulture, biological or agricultural sciences or engineering, and who are interested in working in the following research areas:

  • Environmental stress physiology of grapevines, particularly heat and drought stresses
  • Modeling multiscale and multiphase water transport in grapevines
  • Environmental factors affecting flavour and aroma compounds in winegrapes
  • Application of proximal and remote sensing techniques in vineyards to quantify vine physiological performance and yield

Vinay Pagay, Catherine Kidman and Allen Jenkins. Proximal and remote sensing tools for regional-scale characterisation of grapevine water and nitrogen status in Coonawarra. Wine Vitic. J. 31(6):42-47 (2016).

V. Pagay. Effects of irrigation regime on canopy water use and dry matter production of 'Tempranillo' grapevines in the semi-arid climate of Southern Oregon, USA. Agric. Water Manage. (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2016.10.014

Caravia, L., Pagay, V., Collins, C., and S. D. Tyerman. Application of sprinkler cooling within the bunch zone during ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon berries to reduce the impacts of high temperature. Aust. J. Grape Wine Res. DOI: 10.1111/ajgw.12255.

Pagay, V., Zufferey, V., and A. N. Lakso. The influence of water stress on grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) shoots in a cool, humid climate: growth, gas exchange, and hydraulics. Func. Plant Biol. 43:827-837 (2016) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP16017).

Habili, N., Wu, Q., and V. Pagay. Virus-associated Shiraz Disease may lead Shiraz to become an endangered variety in Australia. Wine Vitic. J. 31(1):47:50 (2016).

Jason Cole, Vinay PagayUsefulness of early morning stem water potential as a sensitive indicator of water status of deficit-irrigated grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.). Sci. Hortic. 191:10-14 (2015).

Byeong-Sam Kim, Vinay Pagay, Kyung-Chul Cho, Yang-Gi Na, Bong-Ki Yun, Kyung-Ju Choi, Seok-Kyu Jung, Hun-Sug, Choi. Effect of oil cake application on soil and leaf nutrition and on fruit yields in non-astringent persimmon (Diospyros × kaki Thunb.) trees. J. Hort. Sci. Biotechnol. 90:203-209 (2015).

Pagay, V., Santiago, M., Sessoms, D. A., Huber, E. J., Vincent, O., Pharkya, A., Corso, T. N., Lakso, A. N., and A. D. Stroock, A. D. A microtensiometer capable of measuring water potentials below -10 MPa. Lab on a Chip 14:2806-2817 (2014). Here

Stroock, A. D., Pagay, V., Zwieniecki, M. A., and N. M. Holbrook. The physicochemical hydrodynamics of vascular plants. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 46:615-642 (2014). Here

Santiago, M., Pagay, V., and A. D. Stroock. Impact of electroviscosity on the hydraulic conductance of the bordered pit membrane: a theoretical investigation. Plant Physiol. 163:1-14 (2013). Here

Pagay, V., Reynolds, A. G., and K. H. Fisher. The influence of bird netting on yield, and fruit, juice, and wine composition of Vitis vinifera L. J. Intl. Sci. Vigne Vin 47:35-45 (2013). Here

Pagay, V. and L. Cheng. Variability in berry maturation of Concord and Cabernet Franc in a cool climate. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. 61:61-67 (2010). Here

Kilmartin, P. A., Reynolds, A. G., Pagay, V., Nurgel, C., and R. Johnson. Polyphenol content and browning of Canadian icewines. J. Food Agric. Env. 5:52-57 (2007). Here

Huber, L., Eisenbeis, G., Rühl, E. H., Pagay, V., and M. Kirchmair. Distribution and host range of the grapevine plasmodiophorid Sorosphaera viticola. Vitis 46:23-25 (2007). Here

Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

American Society of Enology and Viticulture

American Society of Horticultural Science

Australian Society of Horticultural Science

International Society of Horticultural Science

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