SUSGRAPE

TO1

Strengthening research, technological development and innovation

The project in numbers
Duration:
30 months
Start date: 01.10.17
End date: 31.03.20
N. Partner: 7
 
Progress
Budget:
1.141.089,35€
Budget FERS:
969.925,94€

The project in numbers

Duration: 
30 months
Start / End: 
01.10.17 to 31.03.20
Project progress: 
76%
Budget: 
1141089.35€
Budget FERS: 
969925.94€

SUSGRAPE

Priority Axis 1

Promoting innovation capacities for a more competitive area

Specific Objective: 
OS 1.1.
Investment Priority: 
PI 1b
Typology: 
Standard
Overall Objective of the Project: 

The project aims to promote the capacity for innovation and the acquisition of new technologies on the part of companies and SMEs in the Italian-Slovenian cross-border area by developing synergies and cross-border networks among companies operating in the wine sector, SMEs operating in the ICT sector, Research Centres, and Universities, and by encouraging eco-innovation processes that will ensure the more efficient use of natural resources and a reduction of the use of chemical products in agriculture.

Project summary: 

The project’s concept stems from the need for the wineries participating in the project to make the transition towards more sustainable agricultural methods, as opposed to those currently in use, in order to fight the two diseases that usually affect the health of their crops and compromise the quality and quantity of their final products: downy mildew and powdery mildew. The PPs have acknowledged this need by establishing a stable cross-border cooperation network consisting of 17 companies, 2 research centres, and 1 university (subsequently expandable), which is committed to collaborating on the development of the business fabric and on scientific and applied research, with the common goal of researching innovative solutions to support the wine and agricultural sectors, with important repercussions for the entire program area. SUSGRAPE was therefore established in order to help companies operating in the wine sector adopt ICT vineyard management technologies, through experimentation with an agriculture Decision-Making Support System (DSS), as well as the relative technical training of the operators, implemented within 2 different agricultural areas near the Italian-Slovenian border. The DSS consists of an environmental monitoring system associated with the development of 2 agronomic forecasting models, which have been customised for the territories covered by the project and integrated within a special software application. The benefits of this system include a reduction in both CO2 emissions and the use of chemical substances in vineyard cultivation activities, as well as a reduction in water consumption for irrigation purposes, and an improvement in the health and quality of the final product.
SUSGRAPE also analyses the potential of applied microbiology in agriculture through the cross-border genetic analysis of the bacterial populations that characterise the grapevines, with the aim of obtaining the basis for the development of new biopesticides.

Main results: 

The project’s initial result has been the establishment of a permanent cross-border cooperation network consisting of 17 companies, 2 research centres, and 1 university (as founding members, to which other subjects may be subsequently added), which is committed to collaborating on the development of the business fabric and on scientific and applied research, with the common goal of researching innovative solutions to support the wine and agricultural sectors, with important repercussions for the entire Italian-Slovenian cross-border area. In particular, the network is focused upon the following: • the development and dissemination of technologies that will support sustainable agricultural techniques, such as the scientifically valid early detection and diagnosis of pathogens for crops, and the reduction of water consumption; • scientific research on the effect of bacterial populations on the quality and quantity of the final product, as well as the health of the grapevine (and other fruit-bearing plants in the future), with the ultimate goal of identifying and developing biological control agents and specific biopesticides of natural origin for the pathogenic agents of powdery mildew and downy mildew. As evidence of this, SUSGRAPE is conducting two cross-border scientific studies involving the genetic analysis of the bacterial populations that characterise the grapevines, and is sharing the results by offering 4 educational workshops on the potential of applied microbiology in agriculture for approximately 130 students of biology and biotechnologies.

Partner

The SUSGRAPE partnership brings together key players from the R&D programme area (2 research centres and a university), SMEs operating in the ICT sector and companies in the wine sector. 

On the one hand, the University of Primorska and the ICGEB, under the coordination of Area Science Park and the collaboration of the wine companies, develop a research project that sees a joint use of laboratories as well as reciprocal temporary secondment of researchers. In addition, the "young" University of Primorska benefits both in terms of know-how and reputation from the collaboration with the ICGEB, an institution of international renown for research and training in genetic engineering and biotechnology.

On the other hand, the University of Primorska and Primo Principio, under the coordination of Area Science Park, develop agronomic forecasting models and transform them into software language within the WiForWine SUSGRAPE web platform, so as to facilitate consultation by the wineries which test forecasting models.

The Koper Chamber of Commerce and Area Science Park implement and coordinate all the communication activities, project promotion and dissemination of results.

The different skills provided by the partners are therefore complementary and consistently integrate each other for the pursuit of a common goal. Furthermore, the opportunity of cross-border cooperation amplifies the advantages deriving from the project with reference to the agronomic forecasting models customized for the territories being tested (Slovenian Istria and Collio Friulano). Such models are characterised by a very strong cross-border value because:

  • the model developed for Vinakoper may be used by winemakers in the easternmost part of the Italian coastline;
  • the model developed for the Italian Collio can be adopted by the winemakers of the Slovenian Brda.

In conclusion, SUSGRAPE has established stable cross-border collaborations between research institutions, universities, digital SMEs and companies in the wine sector.

Lead Partner

AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica di Trieste

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 1

Primo Principio Società Cooperativa

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 2

Primorska Gospodarska Zbornica

Obalno-kraška
SLO

Project partner 3

Univerza na Primorskem

Obalno-kraška
SLO

Project partner 4

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Trieste
ITA

Project partner 5

Vinakoper Podjetje za proizvodnjo in prodajo vina, d.o.o.

Obalno-kraška
SLO

Project partner 6

Consorzio Tutela Vini Collio

Gorizia
ITA

Documents

Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018Poster evento annuale 30/05/2018
SUSGRAPE_ITA_1.pdf
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Objectives and Activities

MAIN PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The project promotes the culture of innovation and the ability to acquire and use new technologies at enterprises and SMEs through the development of synergies and Italian-Slovenian cross-border networks among wine-growing companies, SMEs operating in the ICT sector, research centres and universities. It favours eco-innovation processes in the wine sector for a more efficient use of natural resources and the reduction of phytosanitary treatments. Finally, it supports research on the microbiome of vines.

 

CURRENT STATE OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (April, 2019)

The agronomic forecasting models for grapevine diseases Peronospora and Oidium have been updated in light of the results of the first harvest season (March-September 2018): the University of Primorska has recalculated and recalibrated the parameters and their correlations, thus allowing Primo Principio to update the WiForWine SUSGRAPE web platform.

During the winter, (ordinary and extraordinary) maintenance was carried out on all the 42 agrometeorological, phytopathological and epidemiological monitoring stations, which are now fully functional and ready for the new harvest season. 

The oenologists and agronomic technicians of Vinakoper and the wineries of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Collio involved in the project were trained on the updates made to the WiForWine SUSGRAPE platform. The importance of compiling the campaign diary on the platform was underlined. In addition, high-school and university students were involved through six workshop sessions focused on agronomic forecasting modelling and microbiomic research.

Finally, following the collection of samples in the vineyards, 264 microorganisms were isolated and then purified and stored at - 80°C. A characterization of these microorganisms was carried out, which led to the creation of a subcollection of strains interesting from the point of view of biocontrol. These will now be tested directly against the two pathogens, first in vitro and then in planta in greenhouse experiments.

Contacts

AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica di Trieste

0039 0403755111
Padriciano 99, 34149 Trieste, Italia
Scandella Denis

Primo Principio Società Cooperativa

0039 0799577782
PortoConte Ricerche Loc. Tramariglio S/N, 07041 Alghero, Italia
Longobardi Federico

Primorska Gospodarska Zbornica

00386 (0) 56625830
Ferrarska ulica 2, 6000 Koper/Capodistria, Slovenija
Tomaž Može

Univerza na Primorskem

00386 (0) 56117599
Titov trg 4, 6000 Koper/Capodistria, Slovenija
Matjaž Hladnik

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

0039 04037571
c/o AREA Science Park - Padriciano 99, 34149 Trieste, Italia
Vittorio Venturi

Vinakoper Podjetje za proizvodnjo in prodajo vina, d.o.o.

00386 (0) 56630105
Šmarska cesta 1, 6000 Koper/Capodistria, Slovenija
Jadran Sever

Consorzio Tutela Vini Collio

0039 0481630303
Via gramsci 4, 34071 Cormons, Italia
Dario Maurigh