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The InnoVine consortium is composed of 27 partners combining the expertise of more than 100 grape and wine researchers or producers.  Partners come from 7 European countries concentrating most of the European vineyards surface and contrasted environmental, economic and societal conditions.

The teams involved cover a wide range of scientific disciplines in viticulture (e.g. grapevine genetics and breeding, physiology, ecology, epidemiology, pathology) and technical expertise in statistics, phenotyping, databases, modelling, DSS and development of monitoring devices. About half of the partnership is public, and half is composed of private organisations, including SMEs, a large winery company and a nursery cooperative.

Mrs Tzvetanka Hvarleva or Mr Ivan Atanassov
8, Dragan Tsankov blvd.
1164 Sofia
Tel. +359 296 354 11

AgroBioInstitute (ABI)


During the last decade the AgroBioInstitute (ABI) has built up modern genomics and metabolomics facilities and continuously expands its activity toward more efficient characterization and utilization of plant genetic resources, plant and microbial biodiversity. ABI has carried out first systematic molecular marker characterization of the genetic resources of economically important crops, including grapevine, and has constructed a molecular map of the disease resistant grapevine variety Strogozia. Over the years ABI has established a fruitful cooperation with the Institute of Viticulture and Enology (IVE) for the characterization of the large national grapevine germplasm collection.


The Molecular Genetics Group at ABI will contribute to Task 3.1.1 of WP3 focused on assessment of genetic diversity and screening for tolerance/resistance to mildew disease within grapevine autochthonous V. vinifera accessions from Balkan and Asia from the grapevine collection of the Institute of Viticulture and Enology (IVE) and newly bred resistant Bulgarian varieties. The genetic basis of the resistance in the selected tolerant/resistant varieties will be analysed.

Key persons involded

Assoc. Prof. Tzvetanka Hvarleva (PhD) belongs to the Molecular Genetics Group at ABI. Her research during the last decade focused on the characterization of Bulgarian and regional grapevine genetic resources through microsatellite markers as well as on the genetic mapping and analysis of downy mildew resistance in newly bred Bulgarian cultivar Storgozia. Dr. Hvarleva successfully coordinated several national and international research projects.

Assoc. Prof. Ivan Atanassov (PhD) is Group Leader of Molecular Genetics Group at ABI with activities in molecular marker and metabolite characterization of plant genetic resources. His current research interests involve gene cloning and characterization and application of gene specific molecular markers.

Material resources

ABI hasfacilities for genotyping including ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer, 3 sequencersALF Express II, variable mode imager Typhoon Trio and capillary agarose electrophoresis QIAxcel. Fluorescent microscope with digital camera, two phytotrons, GC-MS and greenhouse are available for phenotyping.

European Union
Innovine is a European collaborative project that has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 311775.
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