Special Issue "Strategies to Improve Grapevine Performance and Fruit Quality"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Fruit Production Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 854

Special Issue Editors

1. Institute of BioEconomy, National Research Council (CNR-IBE), Via Caproni 8, 50145 Firenze, Italy
2. Geosystems Research Institute, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 39762, USA
Interests: digital and precision agriculture; UAV and satellite remote sensing: viticulture; wireless sensor networks; crop modeling; hyperspectral and thermal imagery; machine learning and geostatistics
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Department of Sustainable Crop Production (DI.PRO.VE.S.), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy
Interests: viticulture; precision viticulture; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The greatest challenge for winegrowers currently is combining improved yield and fruit quality with the minimization of management cost and environmental impact. In recent decades, climate change has enhanced temperatures and reduced water availability, resulting in an earlier onset of phenological stages, severe yield losses, and altered grape quality. Grapevine performance and fruit quality can be assessed according to destructive and non-destructive methods for measuring several parameters such as yield, grape composition, and health status. Due to a rising number of geomatics, variable rate technologies, and robotics and artificial intelligence solutions, novel technologies based on rapid, cost-effective and non-destructive tools have become available to support winegrowers in the movement towards digital agriculture. Moreover, new cultural practices concerning canopy and floor management can help growers improve grapevine performance and vineyard efficiency. The aim of the current Special Issue is to disclose case studies describing a wide range of methods and tools developed worldwide to improve grapevine performance and fruit quality under a climate change scenario, with special emphasis on the application of digital technologies.

Dr. Alessandro Matese
Dr. Matteo Gatti
Guest Editors

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  • yield
  • phenology
  • fruit health
  • fruit quality
  • climate change
  • soil quality
  • water stress
  • cultural practices
  • digital agriculture
  • data analysis
  • artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) methodologies
  • high-throughput field phenotyping (HTFP)
  • vineyard zoning
  • variable-rate technologies
  • irrigation
  • fertilization
  • disease detection
  • automation

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VvERF111 Regulates Chlorophyll Degradation by Activating Expression of VvCLH1, Leading to Rachis Browning in Grape
Horticulturae 2023, 9(4), 438; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae9040438 - 28 Mar 2023
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The plant growth regulator ethylene influences rachis browning in grape (Vitis vinifera L.). Although the ethylene signaling pathway is well defined, there is limited knowledge on its mode of action during rachis browning. Here, we show that an ethylene response factor ( [...] Read more.
The plant growth regulator ethylene influences rachis browning in grape (Vitis vinifera L.). Although the ethylene signaling pathway is well defined, there is limited knowledge on its mode of action during rachis browning. Here, we show that an ethylene response factor (VvERF111) positively regulates chlorophyll degradation in rachis by binding to a DRE motif in the promoter of VvCLH1. The expression of VvERF111 and VvCLH1 in rachis was induced by ethylene and inhibited by 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP). VvERF111 belongs to the ERF IX subfamily of the APETALA2/ethylene responsive factor (AP2/ERF) superfamily, shows transcriptional activity in yeast, and is localized in the nucleus and membrane. The transient overexpression of VvERF111 or chlorophyllase (VvCLH1) in grape leaves accelerated chlorophyll degradation. In VvERF111-overexpressing leaves, transcript levels of VvCLH1 were also increased. Our findings offer a deeper understanding of the transcriptional regulation of chlorophyll degradation during the rachis browning of grape. Full article
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