Professor of Horticulture Sadanand Dhekney, left, discusses grape propagation techniques with students Santosh Shivakoti of Nepal and Wedny Bruso at the Grape Genetics and Precision Breeding Program Tuesday evening in the University of Wyoming’s Sheridan Research and Extension Center at the Watt Agricultural Building. The grape program is on its third year studying grapes to produce a variety of plants that taste good and are drought and cold tolerant. Dhekney has says that they have a sequenced the DNA genome of a pinot noir grape. The students look for specific traits in the DNA sequence that are desirable for surviving Wyoming’s drought and weather conditions. The technique that the program exercises is known as ‘Precision Breeding,’ which is similar to breeding techniques used by plant breeders, except this technique looks at the molecular level of the plant’s non-sexual cells to introduce certain traits. The program has several students from across the globe who were drawn to the program via UW’s online publications.