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.
His research focus is investigating the physiological, biochemical, and genetic effects of deficit irrigation and crop load management in white wine grapes in the Okanagan valley. Particularly, 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 biology and molecular biology. 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.