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VitEst: Research program for grapevine health in the Grand Est Region

The VitEst project, dedicated to grapevine health, is one of the 6 laureates of the "Fonds Régional de Coopération pour la Recherche 2019" call for projects of the Grand Est Region. Co-led by INRA and the University of Reims Champagne Ardennes (URCA), this project brings together five academic actors from the region in order to propose innovative and sustainable strategies for viticulture.

Parcelles de vignes de pinot gris en expérimentation au domaine Inra de Bergheim (Alsace) © Yves Bernardi
Updated on 07/23/2019
Published on 07/23/2019

As an essential activity of the Grand Est Region's economy, viticulture currently faces two major challenges: reducing the phytosanitary inputs used to fight grapevine foliar diseases (downy and powdery mildew) and effectively fight against dieback caused by wood diseases.

The VitEst project aims to propose innovative and sustainable strategies to meet these challenges, by federating the regional research forces. Bringing together all the university teams conducting research on grapevine in the Grand Est Region, this project has two main scientific objectives:

  1. to better understand the origin of wood diseases with the aim of developing treatments and to analyze the genetic bases of the tolerance to wood diseases in grapevine, and
  2. to optimize the use of new mildew-resistant grapevine varieties now available to winegrowers through the development of complementary biocontrol strategies.

About the project

The VitEst project, coordinated by P. Hugueney (INRA) and C. Clément (URCA), will start in October 2019 for a period of 3 years. The total cost of the project is approximately 2 million euros, half of which is provided by the Grand Est Region in the frame of the FRCR 2019 program, and the other half by the project partners.


  1. Unité Santé de la Vigne et Qualité du Vin, Inra/Université de Strasbourg
  2. Unité Résistance Induite et Bioprotection des Plantes (RIBP), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardennes
  3. Laboratoire Vigne, Biotechnologies et Environnement, Université de Haute-Alsace
  4. Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (IBMP), CNRS/Université de Strasbourg ; équipe Evolution et diversité du métabolisme des plantes.
  5. Unité Interactions Arbres/Microorganismes (IAM), Inra/Université de Lorraine,