Wine and Viticulture

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Michael J. Costello, Ph.D.

Michael Costello

Professor, Viticulture

Office: Building 11, Room 221
Phone: 805-756-6732
Office Hours: Current Quarter


Ph.D. Entomology, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
B.S. Crop Science/Plant Protection, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1981

Research and Professional Interests

Grape pest management; cultural controls for insects and spider mites on grapes; genetic response of grapevines to environmental stress; deficit irrigation; vineyard cover crops; spiders in vineyards

General viticulture, grape pest management

My research field in general is cultural controls for insects and mites on grapes, and my current project involves genetic analysis of vine response to environmental variables such as drought, pesticides and spider mites

Selected Publications

Costello, M.J. and W.K. Patterson. 2012. Regulated deficit irrigation effect on yield and wine color of Cabernet Sauvignon in central California. HortScience 47(10): 1520-1524.

Costello, M.J. and S.T. Veysey. 2012. Influence of intensity and duration of regulated deficit irrigation on Erythroneura elegantula (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) on grape. Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 1293-1301.

Costello, M.J. 2011. Spider mites. In G. McGourty (ed) Organic Winegrowing Manual, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publication 3511.

Costello, M.J. 2010. Grapevine and soil water relations with nodding needlegrass (Nassella cernua), a California native grass, as a cover crop. HortScience 45(4): 1-7.

Costello, M.J. 2010. Growth and yield of cultivated grape with native perennial grasses nodding needlegrass or California barley as cover crops. HortScience 45(1): 154-156.

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