Unlocking the genetic potential of grapevine for sustainable production
The majority of major wine producing grapevine varieties planted in vineyards have been produced through clonal propagation. This has narrowed grapevines genetic diversity and leaves them susceptible to climate change and disease pressures. Furthermore, the area suitable for grapevine production in major wine growing regions has been predicted to decrease by at least 25% by 2050, and potentially up to 73%. At the same time, new regions will become climatically suitable; however, how current varieties will adapt to these new regions is unknown.
This project will explore the genetic factors that underpin natural variation in reproductive development and yield, specifically inflorescence primordia development and how this relates to bunch number and bunch architecture in established and alternative varieties. The project will also explore how temperature and management differentially affect selected grapevine varieties using molecular and phenotypic characterisation. The outcomes of this research will inform variety/clonal selection for a changing climate.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your academic background?I was born in Perth, Western Australia but moved to Edinburgh, Scotland when I was seven. I finished my Honours degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow...read more
Dr Dimitra Capone was invited to the recent 2019 Limestone Coast Wine Show (LCWS) as an associate wine judge and to speak about her research in the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.The LCWS had announced that sparkling wine entries had...read more
The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production invites members of the Barossa Valley wine industry to join us on the morning of Wednesday 20 November, when Centre researchers will present their latest findings. Centre Director, Professor Vladimir Jiranek,...read more