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Participation in trinational research project: Nano Imaging Lab contributes its expertise

SEM image of a leave surface

In the precursor project, Vitifutur, the Nano Imaging Lab investigated infestation of wood and leaves of grapevines – here on a leaf surface. In the newly approved WiVitis project, the focus is on the grapes. (Image: Nano Imaging Lab, SNI, University of Basel)

The SNI's Nano Imaging Lab is participating in the recently approved Interreg research project WiVitis to support viticulture in the Upper Rhine region. In collaboration with viticulture experts on both sides of the Rhine, a network of research centers is investigating selected wine varieties resistant to climate change in a three-year study.

The aim of the trinational project, with the participation of German, French and Swiss institutions, is to identify the most suitable grape varieties for the Upper Rhine region. Even today, winegrowers in this region are suffering from the economic consequences of climate change. These winegrowers should benefit from the study, which focuses on both wine quality and the sustainable use of pesticides.

In the course of the project, the Nano Imaging Lab will conduct electron microscopic examinations of the grapevines,  providing valuable information about infestations by fungi and other pests.

The Nano Imaging Lab was already involved in the previous project, Vitifutur. Here, the researchers looked for resistant grape varieties whose wood and leaves were not infected by fungi. Now, WiVitis is also investigating the resistance of the wine grapes – always under the aspect of producing high-quality wine with low use of pesticides.

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