Professor of viticulture. Prof. Pool received his Ph.D from Cornell in
1974 and joined the faculty as an assistant professor of viticulture and named
professor in 1988. He was a member of the American Society of Viticulture and
Enology, the International Society for Horticultural Sciences, and the American
Society for Horticultural Sciences. He formed, and for 10 years, chaired the
Grape Commodity Advisory Committee to the National Plant Germplasm Committee.
He opened his own vineyard and winery, Billsboro, in Geneva, NY, which featured
several varietals, including Pinot noir made from a clonal selection based on
his own research. His primary research interests included: mechanization of
pruning, crop level as it affects grapes and wine quality, sustainable
viticulture, vineyard floor management and weed control, the effects of
cultural practices and rootstocks on cold hardiness, interaction of disease
(fungal, bacterial and viral), and wine productivity.