Production of grafted plant and pruning processes

The INRAE centre (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement) was created as a result of the fusion of the INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), and the IRSTEA, (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l’Environnement et l’Agriculture). It is a public research institution working on issues related to agriculture, food and the environment, with an emphasis on sustainable development and agro-ecology. INRAE is the second largest in the world and the first in Europe for its publications on agriculture and forestry.Within the INRAE centre is the ISVV (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin) of the University of Bordeaux. It is a centre for multidisciplinary and international research, superior education and technology transfer from the many partners in the wine industry.Created in 2007, the Joint Research Unit 1287 EGFV, within the ISVV at INRAE Bordeaux-Aquitaine, brings together scientists with a range of multidisciplinary skills, going from ecophysiology to molecular physiology, biochemistry and genetics, to study the functioning of grafted vines and the determinants of the quality of the grapes in a context of climatic and agronomic changes. Directed by Serge Derot, and from 2018 by Nathalie Ollat, it includes scientists and technicians from the departments of Environment and Agronomy (EA) and Plant Biology and Improvement (BAP) of the INRAE, as well as professor-researchers from the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Sciences Agro. A member of LabEx COTE and UMT Seven, the EGFV is also the host laboratory for the doctoral school of life and health sciences at the University of Bordeaux.UMR 1287 EGFV has expertise in the scientific study of grafting, as well as experience in vine pruning techniques. It brings to the project experience in image analysis, microscopy, hydraulic conductivity and metabolic analysis. The UMR EGFV (INRAE) coordinated a COST project (2006-2009). In addition, it has been and still is a partner in several European projects (ERANET-grasp and ERANETEnviRos, KBBE-Innogrape, Life-Adviclim) for which it coordinated several wps.


It is responsible for action WP3 (Optimisation of the production process of grafted vine plants) and WP4 (Optimisation of the pruning process to reduce the incidence of wood diseases and increase the longevity of the vineyard) and participates in the activities resulting in these actions.He will be in charge of all activities related to the study of vascular connections through the use of X-ray microtomography technology (microCT) with images acquired with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as pruning practices carried out in France.


Sarah Cookson: Researcher at the ISVV Research Unit on Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics of the Vineyard (Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV) UMR 1287 Ecophysiologie et Génomique Fonctionnelle de la Vigne ISVV Bordeaux-Aquitaine).

Jean-Philippe Roby: Lecturer and researcher at the University of Bordeaux (Bordeaux Sciences Agro), at the UMR EGFV, and at the ISVV and member of the LabEx COTE “transfer” group. He has also been head of the Viticulture-Oenology department and head of the Innovation and Transfer department of the ISVV until 2016.  He is currently director of publication of the IVES (International Viticulture and Oenology Society). Jean-Philippe is also a consultant of vineyards and wineries in several wine-producing countries.