Theses and Dissertations



Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Stafne, Eric T.

Committee Member

Bi, Guihong

Committee Member

Chang, Sam K.C.

Committee Member

Coker, Christine E.H.

Committee Member

Melanson, Rebecca A.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Plant & Soil Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


‘MidSouth’, a relatively low maintenance interspecific hybrid bunch grape currently grown in South Mississippi, has low sugar and high acid levels for red wine use. Two studies, conducted at the Mississippi State University McNeill Research Unit in 2020 and 2021, determined the effects of pruning timing, leaf removal, and shoot thinning on ‘MidSouth’ development and fruit and wine quality. Treatments in the first study included early versus normal pruning timing, both with and without leaf removal, and treatments in the second study included leaf removal, shoot thinning, and control vines. Cluster temperatures, leaf chlorophyll, berries per cluster, berry and cluster weights, crop yield, Ravaz index, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, juice pH, monomeric anthocyanin pigment, and total phenolic content data were collected. It was determined that ‘MidSouth’ fruit quality can be altered through canopy manipulation, but not enough of a desired effect was achieved for these practices to be recommended.