Toward a sustainable viticulture: Improved grapevine productivity and tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses by combining resistant cultivars and beneficial microorganisms

Project duration: 2016 - 2019

VitiSmart is a 3 years project with interdisciplinary research activities, structured with a well-balanced division between research and innovation, basic and applied research, field data collection and demonstration, socio-economic, technology transfer and dissemination actions, as well as management. It will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals by integrating economic, social and environmental dimensions and addressing mutually food security and climate challenges. The project is composed of 3 main themes:

  • Sustainably increasing agricultural quality, productivity and incomes;

  • Adapting and building resilience to climate change;

  • Reducing chemical inputs while maintaining quality using biocontrol methods.

The project aims to produce a resilient viticultural system able to speedily recover from biotic and abiotic stresses. This will be achieved by combining resilient cultivars with beneficial microorganisms to acquire a natural-cross-tolerance while maintaining yield.

Coordinator: Prof. Essaid Ait Barka Reims University France
Loca. Partner resp.: Prof. M. Stella Grando