Master’s student
(May 2016 – Present)

Eugene (Yevgen) Kovalenko is a Master’s Candidate at UBC – Vancouver. He recieved his B.Sc. (2016) in Biochemistry with Honours from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Agricultural practices are central to proper and quality crop cultivation. Previous studies have demonstrated that careful selection of particular practices (deficit irrigation, leaf removal, crop removal, etc.) can have a beneficial impact on grape/wine quality such as colour, aroma, and sugars. In general, red varieties are better understood in this context than white varieties. Deficit irrigation and crop load management are two common practices implemented successfully to positively modulate quality in reds worldwide. Here I am investigating the physiological, biochemical, and genetic effects of deficit irrigation and crop load management in white wine grapes in the Okanagan valley. Particularly, I am characterizing the effects of these management techniques on field-grown Gewürztraminer grapes with respect to the modulation of volatile organic compounds, sugars, and acidity as well as correlating these data with the underlying genetics and physiology. Ultimately, the goal is to explore deficit irrigation and crop load management as means to improve cultivar-specific flavour and aroma, which are tied closely to the economic potential of wine grapes. I received a B.Sc. (2016) in Biochemistry with Honours from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Currently, I am in the M.Sc. Plant Science programme in the Land and Food Systems Faculty.