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Adaptive actions to support vineyard management using VISCA predictions in Douro Valley, Portugal

VISCA DSS is integrating climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change.

In the Douro Valley, where our Portuguese demonstration site is located, the combination of abundant rainfall in March and April of 2020 and a very warm winter influenced the precocity of this year’s growth cycle, with budbreak recorded three weeks earlier than average. These conditions caused recurrent and earlier than expected outbreaks of downy mildew. However, with the predictions supplied by VISCA, the Symington viticulture team was able to plan a very effective treatment schedule, which successfully contained the disease.

Flowering also advanced earlier, arriving two weeks ahead of the regional average, and in order to safeguard good fruit set and ensure a healthy crop, the team at Symington continues to rely on timely VISCA predictions to plan ahead and keep disease pressures at bay.

DSS showing that budbreak has been achieved (May 2020)

 

Pictures of Ataíde vineyard of first week of May 2020 showing the phenological stage of bloom

During April, VISCA DSS predicted higher rainfall than normal in Douro. This increase of precipitation would risk the spread of grape diseases causing some loss of crops. To avoid this loss, the Viticulturists of Symington have decided to make 4 treatments sprays instead of 3 with an earlier positioning than usual in the calendar, to block the downy mildew cycle.

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Explore the Preliminary Results of VISCA Project!

VISCA project has been developing a Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. After more than three years since the launch of our project, we are publishing the ‘VISCA Booklet on Preliminary Results’. The booklet gives an overview of the project, a description of the DSS and the integrated climate services, the added value of these services with testimonies from the end-users as well as the preliminary results driven from the demonstration sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The booklet also presents an overview of the replicability and the way forward (exploitation). You may download VISCA Booklet here.

 

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3 VISCA deliverables now available for download!

VISCA project has published recently 3 new public deliverables related to the analysis of climate projections at the European scale and particularly at the demosites of the project, report on a full year application of the CS-DSS and VISCA booklet presenting preliminary results.

You may download them below:

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XII International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems - POSTPONED

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  • Date: 14-16
  • Location:  Vila Real, Portugal
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Every 4 years, the ISHS working groups of Rootstock Breeding and Evaluation organize a worldwide symposium at which advances in a range of research topics are presented and discussed. This year, the “XII International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems” will be held in Wenatchee (Washington State), USA. 

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IVDP Congresso Douro & Porto 2020 - Memória com Futuro

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  • Location: Porto, Portugal
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Sustained in memory with our eyes on the future, we will trace new directions. The Douro & Porto - Memória com Futuro Congress is projected as a scientific and cultural event that will launch in the future the secular memories of the Douro Demarcated Region. The challenges of the present and the purpose of configuring and projecting a prosperous future lead us to revisit the foundations of memory. In this way, a bridge between memory and the future will guide this congress.

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MED'Agri

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  • Location: Avignon, France
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Organised by the agricultural professionals via the Regional Chamber of Agriculture in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and a multi-sector committee, the new MED'Agri trade show is entirely dedicated to the production agricultural and the agri-technology.

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8th National Symposium on Viticulture (CONAVI2020) - POSTPONED

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  • Location: Udine, Italy
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The issues of CONAVI have naturally evolved over the course of the various editions, updating and including new aspects of interest for research and innovation in viticulture: this will also be the case for this edition, and we hope that the proposed themes meet your interest and stimulate your active participation. There will also be a technical meeting, where consultants, researchers, suppliers of materials and services for the wine sector and above all producers from all over Italy will meet for a fruitful comparison on innovation in viticulture.

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VII Congress CERVIM - POSTPONED

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  • Location:Vila Real, Portugal
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The 7th International Congress of Mountain and Steep Slopes Viticulture will be the most important opportunity to disseminate and update scientific and technical innovations of viticulture and oenology from Mountain regions. An initiative of the CERVIM - Center for Research, Environmental Sustainability and Advancement of Mountain Viticulture, on the patronage of the OIV - International Organization of Vine and Wine, and organized by the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), the Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense (ADVID) and Faculdade Ciências da UP, the Congress will include an extensive Scientific program, Sessions and technical visits, Photographic exhibition, Roundtables and an interesting Social program.Port wine, produced in the world's oldest wine demarcated and controlled region, and the Alto Douro wine region, an UNESCO World Heritage site, give you the warmest welcome!

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730253.