The CRI participates in International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases

Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation took part in the International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases.

The event, which took place in Canada from July 7 to 12, was attended by scientists and industry players from all over the world, who exchanged ideas and discussed the latest research findings in different areas related to GTD.

The first research project presented by the CRI was “Molecular detection of Grape Trunk Diseases in Chilean Vineyards”, which consisted of the development of a pathogen detection platform through qPCR, and the principal results obtained in the first season for the prospecting of mother blocks. Meanwhile, during the presentation of the second project, Grapevine Trunk Diseases Control Special Session, results were displayed from our trials on plant material strengthening with beneficial microorganisms.

Our work has particular relevance in terms of research, because it covers a large number of samples taken from vineyards that were not included in previous publications. As such, it contributes to updating the national overview of the pathogens that are most frequently observed in vineyards and, on the other hand, demonstrates how our work has increased the analytical standard in the country to date. We have developed a platform that is directly linked to an ongoing process, whose results have enabled the quality of grapvines produced in a company the size of Concha y Toro to be improved”, said Rosa Roa, molecular biology analyst at Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation.

Rosa Roa also highlighted the importance of attending this international congress, as the type of tools used places the Center for Research and Innovation on the same level as globally renowned laboratories, and has a major impact due to the connection between these scientific results and the production process.



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