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Vineyard management

InnoVine: Combining innovation in vineyard management and genetics for a sustainable European Viticulture

InnoVine is investigating innovative systems of production for the European wine industry. Innovation in viticulture addresses consumers’ demands for quality wines and beverage safety, citizens’ requests for eco-friendly production and winegrowers’ quest for vineyard management practices that mitigate the impact of climate change. The activities include:

  • Modelling of berry composition in response to imposed stresses
  • Designing optimized vineyard practices to reduce the use of pesticides
  • Screening of grape germplasm for accessions with resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, in particular pathogenic fungi, drought and heat.
  • Development of portable devices for proximal sensing of vine status and berry traits
  • Implementation of decision support systems (DSS) for sustainable pest management, irrigation, and management of the vine canopy

The InnoVine consortium includes 27 partners from 7 European countries. Half of the partnership is public, mainly research institutions, and half is composed of private organizations and companies.

Thanks to InnoVine, IGA has investigated:

- the durability of fungal resistances historically used by grape breeders

- new sources of mildew resistance in wild and cultivated grapevines from the Caucasus

- the genome of resistant accessions by DNA genotyping and sequencing

Funded by EU FP7 Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) program

Status: InnoVine, completed