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Project description

Grape production is among the most economically important agricultural activities in the Mediterranean region. In the context of climate change and increased consciousness of the negative environmental and public health impacts of agricultural activities (e.g. pesticide application), there is an increasing emphasis on the development of sustainable agricultural approaches in viticulture.

Climate change is also influencing the availability of water resources, which combined with a growing world population, is increasing competition for water. Therefore, the conservation of freshwater resources, through the use of non-conventional sources of water (e.g. reclaimed wastewater) for agriculture, is an increasingly relevant alternative. On the other hand, sustainability is also threatened by pollution, and pesticide reduction (or even elimination) represents a primary goal for attaining sustainability in viticulture.

The EnViRoS project aims to enhance the environmental sustainability of the wine-grape production system. Specifically, the project is focused on the optimization of the water inputs for irrigation, the introduction of new salinity-tolerant rootstocks able to ameliorate grapevine performance in saline soils and when irrigation uses recycled water, and the introduction of new fungal disease-resistant grapevine hybrids.

All these goals have real, tangible socioeconomic impacts that will positively influence the profitability and sustainability of grape production, and the health and well-being of vineyard workers and the surrounding communities.

Workpackages & Activities


WP1 - Water deficit and grapevine physiology in traditional and new resistant varieties

Task 1.1 Establishing quantitative relationships between plant water status, sap flow, and changes in metabolic pathways leading to changed fruit composition of Vitis vinifera grapevines under deficit irrigation strategies

Task 1.2 Establishing the water relations of grapevine hybrid under water deficit

Task 1.3 Establishing the metabolic response of berries from grapevine hybrids under water deficit established at pre-veraison

Task 1.4 Metabolomics and transcriptomics approach on leaves and berries of vines under water deficit

Task 1.5 Soil rhizosphere microbiome as affected by water deficit and by the avoidance of fungicides/copper


WP2 - Performance of different rootstocks in water and salinity stress conditions

Task 2.1 Testing new salinity-tolerant rootstocks and their interaction with scion under water and salinity stress in grapevines in a semi-arid environment

Task 2.2 Open field experiments testing new rootstock genotypes tolerant to salinity stress and their interaction with Vitis vinifera

Task 2.3 Metabolomics and transcriptomics approach on leaves of vines under water deficit

Task 2.4 Soil microbiome as affected by water and salinity stress in arid environments


WP3 - Coordination & Dissemination

Budget of the project


715.276 €

Project duration


May 1st, 2017 – April 30th, 2020