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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. Gabriele Di Gaspero
Istituto di Genomica Applicata
51 via Jacopo Linussio
33100 Udine
Tel. +39 043 255 8628

Istituto di Genomica Applicata (IGA)


IGA is a centre of research in genetics and genomics, committed to explore and exploit natural diversity of plants and organisms relevant to agriculture and non-food crops industry. IGA scientists have specific competences in grapevine genetics, genomics and breeding, grapevine crop management, adaptation of grapevine to abiotic stresses, exploration of grapevine germplasm for disease resistance. IGA has contributed to the grapevine, peach, and citrus genome sequencing projects, and is currently involved in the EU projects “TriticeaeGenome: Genomics for Triticeae improvement” and “EnergyPoplar: Enhancing Poplar Traits for Energy Applications”


IGA will establish field trials (i) to evaluate downy and powdery mildew-resistant selections for wine quality and optimise their crop management in different environments, (ii) to study the genetic basis of genotype-by-environment interactions, in particular with regard to response to abiotic stresses (i.e. water deficit) and improvement of fruit quality. IGA will develop innovative tools and materials for grape breeding, such as prediction of breeding value through genomic selection, pyramidisation of resistance genes, introgression of novel resistance genes from wild relatives and development of pre-breeding material.

Key persons involded

Prof. Michele Morgante is a molecular biologist with 20-year experience in the analysis of plant genomes, evolution of crop species, and development of genomics tools that assist plant breeding.

Prof. Raffaele Testolin is a horticulturist and breeder, focusing on grapevine improvement for disease resistance, marker assisted selection, and genetic analysis of agronomic traits.

Gabriele Di Gaspero(PhD) is a viticulturist and grapevine molecular breeder with expertise in grapevine crop management and impact of abiotic stresses on grape berry quality.

Federica Cattonaro (PhD) is the IGA lab manager with expertise in molecular biology and in the use of next generation DNA sequencing technologies for whole genome analysis, sequencing and genotyping.

Material resources

IGA has a DNA sequencing and genotyping facility consisting of 4 Sanger sequencers and 3 next- generation sequencers; a centre of computational biology. IGA runs 3 hectares of experimental vineyards. Greenhouses and nursery equipment are available for managing plant propagation and cultivation under controlled conditions. IGA has developed advanced selections of downy and powdery mildew resistant grapevines with improved fruit quality.

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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