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A Smart and Sustainable Future for Viticulture Is Rooted in Soil: How to Face Cu Toxicity

Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università 5, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Competence Centre for Plant Health, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Eurac Research, Institute for Alpine Environment, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Department of Soil Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Av.Roraima, 1000, Camobi, Santa Maria, RS 97105-900, Brazil
Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70126 Bari, Italy
Department of Life Science and System Biology, University of Torino-Turin, 10124 Torino, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 907;
Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 13 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation)
In recent decades, agriculture has faced the fundamental challenge of needing to increase food production and quality in order to meet the requirements of a growing global population. Similarly, viticulture has also been undergoing change. Several countries are reducing their vineyard areas, and several others are increasing them. In addition, viticulture is moving towards higher altitudes and latitudes due to climate change. Furthermore, global warming is also exacerbating the incidence of fungal diseases in vineyards, forcing farmers to apply agrochemicals to preserve production yields and quality. The repeated application of copper (Cu)-based fungicides in conventional and organic farming has caused a stepwise accumulation of Cu in vineyard soils, posing environmental and toxicological threats. High Cu concentrations in soils can have multiple impacts on agricultural systems. In fact, it can (i) alter the chemical-physical properties of soils, thus compromising their fertility; (ii) induce toxicity phenomena in plants, producing detrimental effects on growth and productivity; and (iii) affect the microbial biodiversity of soils, thereby influencing some microbial-driven soil processes. However, several indirect (e.g., management of rhizosphere processes through intercropping and/or fertilization strategies) and direct (e.g., exploitation of vine resistant genotypes) strategies have been proposed to restrain Cu accumulation in soils. Furthermore, the application of precision and smart viticulture paradigms and their related technologies could allow a timely, localized and balanced distribution of agrochemicals to achieve the required goals. The present review highlights the necessity of applying multidisciplinary approaches to meet the requisites of sustainability demanded of modern viticulture. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper; rhizosphere; smart agriculture; microbes; vineyard copper; rhizosphere; smart agriculture; microbes; vineyard
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Cesco, S.; Pii, Y.; Borruso, L.; Orzes, G.; Lugli, P.; Mazzetto, F.; Genova, G.; Signorini, M.; Brunetto, G.; Terzano, R.; Vigani, G.; Mimmo, T. A Smart and Sustainable Future for Viticulture Is Rooted in Soil: How to Face Cu Toxicity. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 907.

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Cesco S, Pii Y, Borruso L, Orzes G, Lugli P, Mazzetto F, Genova G, Signorini M, Brunetto G, Terzano R, Vigani G, Mimmo T. A Smart and Sustainable Future for Viticulture Is Rooted in Soil: How to Face Cu Toxicity. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(3):907.

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Cesco, Stefano, Youry Pii, Luigimaria Borruso, Guido Orzes, Paolo Lugli, Fabrizio Mazzetto, Giulio Genova, Marco Signorini, Gustavo Brunetto, Roberto Terzano, Gianpiero Vigani, and Tanja Mimmo. 2021. "A Smart and Sustainable Future for Viticulture Is Rooted in Soil: How to Face Cu Toxicity" Applied Sciences 11, no. 3: 907.

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