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Newsletter n°2 - March 2015    

Partial resistance might select for increased aggressiveness of downy mildew

A fundamental milestone of task 2.1 (Durability of grape resistance to major fungal diseases) was the cross inoculations of susceptible and tolerant genotypes with powdery and downy mildew (DM) strains which, among its goals, plans to address the hypothesis that partial resistance might select for increased aggressiveness of downy mildew (DM). Sixty (60) DM isolates were obtained from resistant genotypes and 110 from susceptible ones. Preliminary results confirm: i) an overall erosion of plant....Read more


52 grapevine varieties assessed for 5 years under the Bordeaux climate

One of the objectives of WP1 is to explore the genetic diversity of grape physiology and berry composition in the context of adaptation to climate change. The goal is to counterbalance the present trend observed in many wine regions, i.e. increase in alcohol content, decrease in acidity, and loss of aroma ascribed to a ripening period that presently occurs in warmer seasons than before. This can be made by shifting the phenology to earlier dates and by identifying genotypes with lower sugar and higher acid contents, as well as the molecular basis of these traits. To this end, 52 varieties all grafted on the same rootstock and planted on an homogeneous soil in random blocks (10 plants/blocks, 5 blocks per variety) have been assessed for 5 years under the Bordeaux climateRead more


vite.net®: a DSS under improvement and enlargement of its functionalities

Different tools have been developed for the support of decision-making in plant disease and pest control, and these tools can be grouped into three categories: i) warning services; ii) on-site devices; and iii) decision support systems (DSSs). Within WP5, existing monitoring tools and DSSs are studied, further developed. In particular, Horta Ltd., a spin off company of the “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore”, Piacenza (Italy), is working on a recently developed DSS, called vite.net®, for the sustainable grapevine management. Read more


Improvement of a system for collecting data at farm level, analyzing and interpreting them

In WP5, Agri-Ciência improved its existing system for collecting data at farm level and developed tools to validate, analyse and interpret these data. Agri-Ciência set up and improved its system for collecting data from multiple sources (meteorological data via webservice, plant via phyto sensors and soil via soil sensors), using last generation sensors, wireless communications and web services for viticulture at farm level.  A Business Intelligence approach was made regarding the manipulation and delivery of useful information. In terms of that approach, the data were extracted from the sensors, load, stored and processed in a database (data warehouse) and finally delivered in a digital dashboard… Read more


Precision viticulture using remotely sensed images (WINEO tools)

In the framework of the INNOVINE project, NOVELTIS developed a tool for precision viticulture. This new tool is based on remotely sensed images (satellite, airborne or UAV data can be managed) and provides wine growers with a comprehensive set of key parameters used for precision viticulture related to each individual plot: Orientation and distance between rows, missing plants(location and percentage), vigor (only for present crops) and relative heterogeneity, sunshine potential of the area. Read more


Fully mechanisable canopy manipulations can help to control bunch rot

Research in progress through the second period (P2) of task 2.2 (Improved cluster rot tolerance through canopy manipulation techniques) adds new solid knowledge about the possibility to deter or partially control bunch rot through fully mechanisable canopy manipulations. For instance, JKI showed less Botrytis in vines pruned according to a semi-minimal hedge pruning system vs traditional pruning; ISA and ITQB highlighted that pre-flowering leaf removal...Read more


CUBA: an online Converter of Units for Berry Anthocyanins

In publications or in experimental trials, anthocyanin content in grapes is often expressed in several units (mg/g skin, mg/L, mg/berry…). The multiplication of these units can be confusing and it can be hard to correctly compare results from different trials, different teams, different labs,…FORCE-A provided an easily accessible tool, called CUBA, to convert anthocyanins units acquired by different analytical methods. It is available as a free internet-based tool accessible…Read more


Innovine at Enoforum 2015

Some of the first research results obtained within the INNOVINE project will be presented at the 9th ENOFORUM, that will take place in Vicenza (Italy) from 5 to 7 May 2015. ENOFORUM is a biennial congress attended by more than 1000 among winemakers, agronomists, and scientists…Read more


48 different Sets of Objectives and Constraints (SOCs) defined in 2014

The overall aim of WP4 is to conceive and assess under real vineyard conditions the cost-benefits relationships of new practices and management systems aiming at adapting viticulture to climate change, at reducing pesticide application and at optimizing precision viticulture practices. WP4 designs new management systems by integrating knowledge gained in InnoVine and by capitalising on already existing projects…Read more


2015 and 2016 scientific events at a glance

Several major events dedicated to vine and wine sciences will take place in 2015/ 2016. InnoVine results will be presented during some of them:

  • The 19th International Symposium GiESCO (Group of international Experts of vitivinicultural Systems for CoOperation), 31 May - 5 June 2015, Gruissan (France)
  • The 2nd International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization....Read more

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