Special Issue "Dynamics of Berry Growth and Physiology of Ripening in Vitis vinifera L."
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: grapevine physiology; berry ripening; phenolic maturity; sustainable management techniques; precision viticulture; climate change; vineyard mechanization
Interests: cultivars characterization, canopy management; training systems, adaptation strategies to climate change, grape ripening; flavonoids and grape abiotic stresses
The importance of viticulture for economic and cultural aspects is largely acknowledged worldwide. It is well known that berry growth and the development of ripening are largely responsible for the overall quality of wine and table grape. The evolution of primary and secondary metabolites in the berries is monitored during ripening in order to harvest grapes with the right characteristics for the desired wine style, while taste and visual attributes, such as color and berry size, are essential characteristics driving the choice of table grape consumers. Since grape ripening is a process driven by the interactions between grapevine genotype and environmental factors and the climate scenario gives evidence for the occurrence of heat waves associated with a prolonged period of drought, it is deemed useful to share advances on the study of berry ripening. The ongoing climate change may cause sunburns, berry shrinking, and alterations of the typical evolution of chemical–physical berry characteristics (i.e., intense malic acid degradation and decoupling between sugar accumulation and phenolic maturity), so we need major discoveries to increase our understanding on how the environment and viticultural practices affect berry growth and physiology.
Please submit original articles, reviews, communications and concept papers from research in wine-grape and table-grape in this Special Issue. Submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics are invited:
- Advances in the knowledge of physiological mechanisms involved in berry development;
- Molecular approach aimed at understanding berry ripening;
- Agronomic practices, such as pruning, irrigation, and fertilization, and their effect on berry growth and ripening;
- Evolution of the concentration, composition and extractability of phenolic compounds;
- Adaptation strategies to climate change;
- Use of remote or proximal sensors to monitor berry ripening;
- Enological relevance of berry changes close to harvest;
- Postharvest dehydration process.
Dr. Gianluca Allegro
Prof. Ilaria Filippetti
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- Gene expression
- Climate change
- Phenolic maturity
- Winemaking procedures