Food Scientist Threlfall Named Distinguished Researcher of the ASHS Southern Region

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Renee Threlfall’s research and consultancy focuses on post-harvest processing and storage of specialty crops (wine grapes, muscadine grapes, table grapes, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, hops, etc.) and value-added processing of horticultural crops.

Renee Threlfall, an oenology and viticulture research scientist at the U of A, was named the winner of the Julian Miller Sr. Distinguished Researcher Award.

The award is presented by the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. It recognizes outstanding research in one or more horticultural crops and in one or more areas of horticultural research over a period of 10 years or more.

Threlfall is a faculty member in the Department of Food Science at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. She is also a researcher and scientist at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment State, the research arm of the U of A Systems Division of Agriculture.

Threlfall has been with the department for more than 30 years and has a split appointment between research, consulting and teaching.

Her research and consultancy focuses on the processing and post-harvest storage of specialty crops (wine grapes, muscadine grapes, table grapes, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, hops, etc.) and value-added processing of horticultural crops. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications.

Threlfall teaches an introductory oenology and viticulture course, Uncorked: Vines to Wines, each fall, and teaches oenology, viticulture, and sensory topics for grape and wine production in other food science courses.

She is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV), the ASEV-Eastern Section, the American Wine Society, the American Society for Horticultural Science, the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association, and the American Society of Brewing Chemists. She is a member of the Extension and Outreach Committee of the National Grape Research Alliance, a member of the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers, and a member of the Arkansas Wine Producers Council. She is also director of the Arkansas Quality Wine Program.

ASHS represents a broad cross-section of the horticultural community – scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, governments, consultants and industry professionals. Members focus on horticultural practices and issues: breeding, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of horticultural plants and products.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College offers life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the fields of food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life. and will be the candidates of choice for employers looking for leaders, innovators, policymakers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, the former governor of Arkansas and longtime US Senator who put the state on the map in agriculture nationally and internationally. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As the flagship Arkansas institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy by imparting new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and workplace development, discovery through research and creative pursuits, while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A in the top 3% of US colleges and universities for research activity. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. See how the U of A works to create a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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