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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.


Dr Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon
INRA Centre de Versailles, URGI Bâtiment 18
Route de Saint-Cyr, RD10
78026 Versailles cedex
Tel. +33 130 833 749

Institut National de Recherche Agronomique


INRA is the world-wide second ranked and European first institute in terms of publications in agricultural research, plant and animal sciences. Eight research units bring to the InnoVine project multidisciplinary competences for the modelling of plant development in relation to its environment, the understanding of the genetic basis of plant adaptation and the design of sustainable vineyard systems.


Keys Persons involved

Dr. Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon is deputy director of the Genetics and Plant Breeding Department at INRA. She has strongly contributed to the development of genomics resources in grapevine. Since 2002 she has coordinated the grapevine research at INRA (until 2010) and has recently taken the chair of the IGGP . As a member of the scientific council of the IFV, she is interested in tackling the challenges faced by viticulture. Since 2010 she is involved in the training of genomics for agronomists.

Dr. François Delmotte is a plant pathologist who focuses on the evolution of the populations of plant pathogens in relation with selective pressures exercised by plant protection (genetic resistance, pesticides, etc.). The SAVE unit to which he belongs aims at developing durable strategies for the grapevine protection by combining the competences of plant pathologists and of agronomists.

Dr. Didier Merdinoglu coordinates the INRA grapevine genetics and breeding research network. He has 12 years experience in the genetics and breeding of grapevine for disease resistance and berry composition. In 2000, he launched a breeding program aimed at creating new durably resistant varieties, exploiting multiple resistance sources and based upon the association of marker assisted selection, rapid screening methods and field trials in a multisite experimental network.

Material resources

INRA has pioneered the development of virtual plant (TOPVINE) and crop models (STICS) adapted to grapevine that allow combining simulation and field experiments. INRA has several field experimental stations dedicated to grapevine involved in InnoVine: Bordeaux with field trials dedicated to the study of the effect of climate change on 52 genotypes and to low input viticulture with resistant genotypes, Pech-Rouge with field trials of new viticulture systems for Mediterranean viticulture and Vassal with the world-wide largest grapevine germplasm collection). Finally INRA manages facilities for the polyphenols and tannins profiling and for high throughput quantitative assessment of resistance to mildews in controlled conditions.

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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