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Newsletter n°1 - March 2014    

Are you a producer or a consultant ? Join Innovine !

You can directly contribute to a new project that aims to create a map of viticultural management systems currently in use, your input will help identify critical points and priorities for the project activity and development. You can do this by compiling a brief questionnaire online - if preferred, anonymously – that is accessible by following this link. Producers who wish  to have an even more active role in the project can express their interest at the end of the web survey and they will be contacted beforehand to organize trials in their vineyards on some of the new technologies, tools and/or strategies developed by the Innovine project. Respondents will be rewarded with free credits Infowine. Reply to the questionnaire


Identification of a protein regulating water transport in Grapevine

Aquaporins are proteins that form pores in the membrane of biological cells. During the first months of the project, researches conducted in the WP1 have allowed to identify VvSIP1 as a aquaporin regulating water transport in Vitis vinifera. This major intrinsic protein was expressed in leaves and berries from field-grown vines. While its expression accessed by gene transcription was not impacted by water stress and sun exposure in field, in cultured cells, the protein was up-regulated by heat. These findings are essential for the rest of the project as they will allow us to better understand mechanisms governing water transport and regulation in Grapevine. Get access to the full text on the Journal website


The impact of environmental changes on berry phenolics summarized in a review article

Since the beginning of the project in January 2013, an extensive review of bibliography has been achieved by the partners involved in WP1. Impacts of environmental changes such as heat, drought and light/UV intensity on berry phenolics were summarized in a review article published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Hurry up, the article is presently available on Open Access. Get access to the full text on the Journal website


DSSs to support winegrowers in their everyday choices

The SmartGrappe is a device consisting of a box on which is placed a Smartphone. While ensuring a good opacity to ambient light, it can be run at a constant distance between the camera and the scene to be analyzed. It allows to make high quality shots and repeatable measurements. Then, an image processing software installed on the smartphone permits the extraction of the desired parameters. During the 2013 harvest, it was tested in the WP5 in order to determine the percentage of veraison on red and white grapes.


Identifying novel sources for mildews, black rot and phylloxera resistance

A few years ago, a resistance against powdery mildew designated as Ren1 was suprisingly identified in the V. vinifera cultivar 'Kishmish vatkana' giving hope to find further resistances. In WP3, 671 and 355 accessions from the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Near East and North Black Sea were screened in 2013 against downy and powdery mildew respectively. Preliminary data indicate interesting new and promising source for resistance. Black rot screening of 482 accessions revealed high resistance in some of the selected cultivars. Similar indications have also been recognized for phylloxera resistance in Vitis aestivalis, a grape species originating from eastern North America.


To stay informed

InnoVine is a European collaborative project that involves 27 partners from 7 European countries (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain).  During 4 years, main topics of investigation will concern the adaptation to climate change and the reduction of pesticides through vineyard management techniques, DSSs and plant material. You might have received this newsletter as you are part of one of the partners data base. If you want to receive the next yearly newsletters, we invite to subscribe online


81 downy mildew strains collected in 2013

The aim of WP2 is to design optimized practices to reduce the use of pesticides in vineyards. One part of the researches conducted in this WP is dedicated to studying the efficiency and durability of grape resistance to major fungal diseases. Strains of downy mildew developed on partially resistant varieties were collected in 2013. In total, 52 and 29 Plasmopara viticola isolates were sampled in Bordeaux and in Hungary respectively. These strains are presently stored in liquid nitrogen in order to establish a collection of pathogens for the project.


Beside lab experiments, field trials are major issues

One of the tasks developed in the WP4 aims at testing viticultural practices to mitigate the negative effect of climate change on berry quality. With this objective, the grape composition and quality of 32 Tempranillo clones were characterized on an experimental plot located in La Rioja (Spain) using non-invasive sensors. Data collected also include classical enological analyses and realization of minivinifications


InnoVine in Beijing

The 11th International Conference on Grapevine Genetics and Breeding will be held in Yanqing County, Beijing, from the 28th of July until the 2nd of August 2014. This major event which takes place every four years, gathers the world’s leading grape breeders and geneticists in order to share their latest research progress. A poster presenting the InnoVine project will be displayed during the conference. Click here to visit the conference website


Willing to learn more about the 2013 activities ?

We invite you to download the publishable summary of the activities performed during the first year of the project for the 5 technical WPs. This document only available in English, presents the work done since the beginning of the project, main results achieved, expected final results and their potential use. Download the document (PDF, 1.18 mo)

European Union
Innovine is a European collaborative project funded by the EU
through the FP7 Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) programme
Grant Agreement n° 311775