Dr M. Carmo Saunders-Vasconcelos

Associate Professor


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Areas of Teaching

Vine Physiology




After completing her degree in Agriculture Engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon, Carmo moved to Switzerland to continue her education at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. She obtained her PhD in grapevine physiology in 1990. She conducted her research at the Swiss Federal Research Station for Fruit Growing, Viticulture and Horticulture in Wädenswil. Following her graduate studies, Carmo did a post-doc on sustainable viticulture, also in Wädenswil. Her second post doc was on grapevine cold hardiness, at Michigan State University.

She was an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Viticulture at Oregon State University from 1994 to 2007. Carmo moved to New Zealand in 2007 to lead the Plant and Food Research Viticulture and Oenology Team in Blenheim and direct the National Pinot Noir – FRST project. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Science and Innovation manager for Elanza Technologies Ltd, a company working in the fresh product retail environment, developing and implementing departmental and category strategies that result in an optimum match between consumer preference and value, and the product offer.

She joined the Eastern Institute of Technology as Associate Professor of Viticulture in 2013. Carmo brought to EIT experience from 27 years of Pinot Noir research in Europe, in the USA, and in New Zealand. Multicultural and multilingual, she is internationally recognized for her work on carbohydrate production and allocation (photosynthesis and translocation), canopy management, rootstocks, and sustainable viticulture. As an extension specialist she worked with the wine grape industry in many other areas such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir clonal evaluations, nitrogen nutrition, water relations and fruit ripening.

Research outputs

Research outputs 2016

Research outputs 2015

Research outputs 2014

Research outputs 2013