The conference is held online from 23 to 25. February from 16h to 19h (CET)

The Enoforum web conference program includes the following thematic components : VINA, GRAPPE, CELLAR and VINA. The research papers selected by the International Scientific Committee for the VINE meeting form 4 major thematic blocks: rootstocks and new varieties, pathogen protection, inefficient and ineffective vineyard treatments, precision viticulture and decision support systems.

Gabriela de Lorenzis will present a study on the genetic characterization of a large collection of rhizomes and other non-variety samples preserved at the University of Milan. Anne-Sophie Spilmont of the IFV will demonstrate the potential of X-ray imaging, widely used in medicine, as a tool for evaluating the quality of inoculation of grafted vines. Rocio Gil Muñoz, from the Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Development of Murcia, will explain how the new hybrids respond to new consumer demand for lower alcohol content and fresher wines.

Powdery mildew, downy mildew, kinetic botrytis and wood pathogens remain major problems for modern viticulture. Research by Gicele Sbardelotto De Bona, from the University of Padova, will explain how the antifungal properties of stilbene extracts can protect vines from Botrytis cinerea, while Giuseppe Carella, from the University of Florence, will evaluate the use of microorganisms against woodborne pathogens.

Nadia Bertazzon of CREA will present the mechanisms responsible for the different sensitivities of grape varieties to flavescence dorée. Silvia Toffolatti, from the University of Milan, will report on the discovery of unique characteristics of powdery mildew resistance in a grape variety from the domestication centre of V. vinifera. vinifera.

One way to reduce pesticide use is to tailor dosage to the needs of the crop by using variable rate technology to manage spatial variability in the field. Xavier Delpuech from the IFV will present the PulvéLab project, which aims to accelerate innovation in precision viticulture. Tara Southey, from Stellenbosch University, will show how an online spatial decision support system can be useful for the wine industry.

The new organic viticulture regulation requires a significant reduction in copper treatment in vineyards. During the conference, two Italian researchers, Giovanni Mian from the University of Udine and William Antonio Petrucci from CREA, will present their research on the different strategies for optimizing and reducing copper applications. The effect of another treatment, based on a combination of zeolite and compost and studied within the ZEOWINE LIFE project, is explained by Eleonora Cataldo of the University of Florence.

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About the Enoforum Web Conference

The ENOFORUM WEB CONFERENCE is organized under the auspices of the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) and benefits from the partnership of several other scientific organizations: IVES (International Society of Viticulture and Oenology), IFV (French Wine Institute), PTV (Wine Technology Platform), SIVE (Italian Viticulture and Oenology Association), AWRI (Australian Wine Research Institute), ASVO (Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology), SASEV (South African Society of Viticulture and Oenology).

The conference is free to all wine professionals from around the world, thanks to the support of sponsors OENOPPIA (International Association of Oenological Products and Practices), SIMEI-UIV (Salone Internazionale Macchine per Enologia e Imbottigliamento – Unione Italiana Vini), ENOMAQ (Feria Internacional de la Maquinaria, Tecnicas y Equipos para vitivinicoltura).

The simultaneous translation of all speakers’ presentations into English is free thanks to the sponsors: ENNOLOGY OF FRANCE for French, ASOENOLOGY for Italian, EXPELLENT Iberica for Spanish.

In addition to the ENOFORUM prize of €10,000 for the best research chosen by the participants, OENOPPIA, ASSOENOLOGI and SIMEI-UIV offered special prizes of €2,500 for the best research in specific categories.


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