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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.


Mr Vittorio Rossi
via E. Gorra
29122 Piacenza
Tel. +39 348 310 5438



Horta Srl is a university spin-off company. Its mission is to increase the value of research by transferring the technological innovation to practical agriculture at national and international level, by developing new cropping strategies, methods and products, and Decision Support Systems (DSSs) based on new Information and Communication Technologies. Horta is currently developing two DSSs for the management of tomato and organic vineyards. Horta is the coordinator of the MoDeM_IVM (A web-based system for real-time Monitoring and Decision Making for Integrated Vineyard Management) project, funded under the call “Research for SMEs FP7-SME-2010-12”.


Horta will lead WP5. Within this same WP, Horta will be in charge of: i) developing the application for a palm-top device of the scouting functionalities (Task 5.1); ii) developing and testing the new DSS functionalities for the optimization of the fungicides dose and for the estimate of environmental impact indicators (Task 5.2 and 5.3); iii) implementing functionalities and devices developed in Task 5.1 and 5.2 (Task 5.4); iv) evaluating the DSSs (Task 5.5). Horta will be also involved in WP2, as Task leader (T2.4 - Improvement of disease models). In this task, Horta will calibrate a plant growth model for a series of grapevine varieties, including resistant ones.

Vittorio Rossi, Associate Professor in Plant Pathology since 1987, is the president of Horta. His expertise lies in plant disease epidemiology, plant disease modelling, decision support systems, disease management, bio-control agents, and pest risk analysis. In recent years, he has been involved in research projects funded under EU-FP6, EU-FP7 and EFSA art. 36. At national level he coordinated research projects funded by the Emilia Romagna regional government and the Ministry of University and Research. He currently coordinates the MoDeM_IVM project (FP7-SME-2010-12).

Pierluigi Meriggi, agronomist, is one of the founders of Horta, where he fills the post of director of Development and Marketing. His expertise lies in integrated crop production and grower’s advising. He was the head of the R&D department of Eridania, Begin Say from 1983 to 2008. He is a contract professor in Weed Management since 1994.

Simona Giosuè, biometrician, is one of the founders of Horta, where she fills the post of Administration and Sales director. Her expertise lies in data analyses and ecological modelling. She was a contract professor in Biometrics from 2003 to 2010.

Francesca Salinari, PhD in plant pathology, has been working in Horta since 2009, where she is in charge of projects development and management and DSSs development. Experience as a post- doctoral researcher in plant disease modelling (2007-2009).

Benedetta Girometta, biometrician and expert in software development, has worked in Horta since 2011.

Material resources

Horta will make available for the project the web portal, a prototype DSS for the management of vineyards based on principles of integrated production which was partly developed within the project MoDeM_IVM (A web-based system for real-time Monitoring and Decision Making for Integrated Vineyard Management) funded under the call “Research for SMEs FP7- SME-2010-12”. Horta also has an experimental vineyard in the district of Piacenza where the prototype DSS is practiced since 2011.

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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