Special Issue "Grapevine Rootstock Genotype Research"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Margherita Lucchin
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Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy
Interests: plant breeding, genetics and genomics, plant reproduction, abiotic stress response, plasticity, plant biodiversity, plant genetic resources conservation, food traceability.
Dr. Alessandro Vannozzi
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Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy
Interests: genetics and genomics; regulation of secondary metabolism; plant reproduction; abiotic stress response; plasticity; food traceability
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Dear Colleagues,

The use of grafting in viticulture, which has been adopted in Europe since the second half of the 19th century, in concomitance with the advent of the soil-borne aphid phylloxera, probably represents the most prolonged use of a biological control strategy against a pest. Currently, more than 80% of the vineyards worldwide use grafted plants: a scion of V. vinifera variety grafted onto a rootstock of single American Vitis species or interspecific hybrids of Vitis species combining desirable features. Although there are approximately 70–80 grapevine rootstocks used worldwide, most of which were obtained between the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, the largest percentage of viticulture on a global scale uses a limited number of genotypes chosen for their characteristic of rusticity, mainly related to their ability to tolerate water stress and high lime concentrations, for the easiness of propagation of this material and for their good performances with most grapevine varieties.

Viticulture is currently facing new challenges: The growing incidence of phytosanitary emergences, represented by nematodes carrying viruses and parasites, root rots, and the consequences of climate change on water availability and salinity in soils of both the old and new world, highlight the inadequacy of traditional rootstocks to solve these emergencies and impose the creation of new genotypes with new features of resistance to both biotic and abiotic stresses. In this context, the role of genetics and genomics, together with agronomical practices and soil management, is pivotal, and the detailed study of the role of the root apparatus in the regulation and functionality of vegetative organs is opening new perspectives in rootstock genetic improvement, not only considered in terms of resistance to phylloxera, or active calcareous, but also for their ability to modulate the interactive relation between grapevine varieties (scions) and different environments. The present issue is aimed at collecting all those contributes focusing on agronomical, genomic, transcriptomic, and functional aspects related to the use experimental and conventional grapevine rootstocks and their relation to scion behavior in different environmental conditions. 

Dr. Margherita Lucchin
Dr. Alessandro Vannozzi
Guest Editors

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  • Scion x rootstock interaction
  • Biotic and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • Berry development and ripening

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