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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.


Prof. Maria Manuela Chaves
Instituto de Technologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB)
Av. Da Republica, EAN
2780-157 Oeiras
Tel. +351 214 469 641

Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB)


The Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB) is a research and advanced training institute of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, UNL. Its mission is to develop fundamental research in chemistry and the life sciences, and to explore potential research applications. The Laboratory of Plant Molecular Ecophysiology (LEM) at ITQB develops research in plant eco- physiology and molecular physiology in crops (namely grapevine) in relation to environmental constraints.


LEM will participate in WP1 and WP2 to study the alterations induced by different management techniques (irrigation and defoliation) in morpho-physiological characteristics of the grapevine (stomatal regulation, cuticle, and cell wall) as well as in berry metabolism.

Key persons involded

Prof. Maria Manuela Chaves will coordinate ITQB team. She is head of the Plant Molecular Ecophysiology at ITQB and Emeritus Professor at ISA, Technical University of Lisbon, UTL. She is member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. Her main research interests are in ecophysiology of plant/crop response and adaptation to stressful environments, from leaf to the molecular level. She has over 90 papers in JCR journals (including four highly-cited papers) and 8 book chapters in refereed scientific books. She has coordinated her team participation in 8 EU projects since 1993. She is Associate Editor of Functional Plant Biology and member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Botany.

Dr. J. Miguel Costa, research scientist at LEM, has an agronomic background and expertise in grapevine water stress ecophysiology, in particular in leaf gas exchange and thermography in field and lab conditions. He has a tight cooperation with Laboratory of plant molecular ecophysiology at CEA-Cadarache, France and has been involved in several EU projects (e.g. WaterWeb) and a training network (StressImaging).

Dr. Olfa Zarrouk, scientist at LEM, she has a background on fruit tree physiology, breeding and stock-rootstock relationships of woody plants. She is experienced in grape berry anatomy and biochemistry, in particular in changes in secondary metabolism of berry skin and seeds due to environmental constraints.

Dr. Carla Pinheiro is a plant biochemist in ITQB (Lab. of Plant Biochemistry) with large expertise in proteomics and metabolomics, being involved in different EU partnerships (York and Berlin). She was awarded a research contract in the highly competitive call ‘Science 2008’ from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, in Portugal.

Prof. Hernâni Gerós (Prof. at University of Minho) is a senior research scientist with 20 years experience in Biochemistry and Plant Biology and will be associated with the ITQB team. He participated in several research projects as PI and in the Management Committee of COST858 and COSTFA1003. His group focuses its research on key biochemical and molecular events of grape berry development and ripening.

Material resources

LEM/ITQB has equipment for ecophysiological studies (LICOR 6400 with Fluorometer, Thermal and Chlorophyll fluorescence imaging, Sap flows) as well as for biochemical/molecular studies, including IEF and Vertical gel electrophoresis system, Software for 2D electrophoresis image analysis, Real-Time PCR System, Fluorescent Image Analyzer, Flow cytometer (CBMA) and Confocal microscopy.

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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