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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. Stefano Poni
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Via Emilia Parmense 84
29121 Piacenza
Tel. +39 503 165 65

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)


The Institutes involved in the project are “Viticulture and Fruit Tree Production” (VIT) and “Entomology and Plant pathology” (EPP). VIT activities are mostly focused on applied grape eco-physiology and vineyard management practices with special emphasis on yield/quality relationships, summer pruning techniques and approaches to meet new requirements imposed by climate change. EPP studies pathogens to understand their relationships with host plants and the environment as well as to forecast their behaviour to prevent damages. The main lines of research developed are: study of fungi associated with diseases and their ecological needs; study of mycotoxin producing fungi; evaluation of microbiological food quality; modelling disease appearance and development; integrated crop protection. UCSC has been granted with the following EU projects: “European Network for operational and Tactical DSS on Crop Protection”; QLK1-CT-2001-01761 “Risk assessment and integrated ochratoxin A management in grape and wine” WINE-OCHRA RISK; COST 864 “Pomefruithealth” (; FP7 projects “New biocontrol agents for powdery mildew on grapevine” (BCA_grape) and “A web-based system for real-time monitoring and Decision Making for Integrated Vineyard Management” (MODEM_IVM).


UCSC will lead WP2. UCSC will coordinate the exploitation of already existing genetic resources for lower disease susceptibility, or resistance, and the induction of indirect resistance through vineyard management and canopy manipulation techniques, and will be involved in the improvement of the predictive value of current epidemiologicalmodels. In WP1 UCSC will evaluate the effects of vineyard management on berry composition and in WP5 will develop and test monitoring devices and their functionalities.

Key persons involded

Dr. Stefano Poni, full professor of Viticulture, it carries a 25-year experience on applied grape physiology and vineyard management practices. He is RTD leader within Project no. 262059 7FP “MODEM_IVM”.

Dr. Matteo Gatti, research assistant in Viticulture, carries a 12 year experience on genotype/environment interactions.

Dr. Luca Languasco, researcher in plant pathology, professor in grape diseases.

Dr. Tito Caffi, post-doc fellow in epidemiology and modelling of grapevine diseases.

Material resources

UCSC involves the institute of “Viticolture and Fuit tree production” (VIT) and the one of “Entomology and Plant pathology” (EPP). VIT studies grapevine physiology, growth and development asinfluenced by the genotype and the environment, growing systems and themanagement actions foroptimising grape production, quality and safety. EPP studies pathogens, their relation with host plants and the environment, and disease forecasting. UCSC has all the facilities requested for a good management of the purposed research.

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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