Fast Phenomics: grapevine trait characterisation in the field


Summary

Objective

To test and utilise new non-invasive technologies for fast characterisation of scions and rootstocks and assess application for optimisation of vineyard management.

Background

Significant advances in broad acre crops have been made in linking a plant’s genetic background (its genotype) to its appearance, function and performance (its phenotype). However, in grapevine research, phenotypic characterisation of large numbers of genotypes remains a key bottleneck in research to develop improved varieties of scions and rootstocks.

A suite of advanced non-invasive technologies for field crop monitoring are now available to accelerate progress in understanding gene function and environmental responses. Utilising these in viticulture will assist breeders to develop new germplasm to support the sector's needs.

Research approach

This project will adapt equipment developed for cereal crops to fabricate a Grapevine Phenotyping Device (GPD), and field-test it for selected traits (e.g. vine growth, vine yield and canopy temperature) on established grapevine populations and trial sites.

Sector benefits

The device developed in this project will allow grapevine breeders and other researchers to obtain better data on grapevine performance in the field more efficiently. This will assist with the development of new planting material and more efficient vineyard management practices, both of which will allow grape growers to improve production efficiency and product quality.