On 7 February 2018, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) participated in the Luxembourg Viticulture Day in Wormeldange. This 10th edition was organised by the Luxembourgish Fédération Viticole and the Institut Viti-Vinicole and gathered the Luxembourgish community of wine growers.
This event put in the spotlight an activity which represents an important industry in the Moselle region of Luxembourg. LIST is active in this field and its researchers work in close collaboration with its partners on research projects aiming at contributing to the building of tomorrow’s Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Viticulture Day started with the welcome note of the president of the vinegrower association Marc Weyer and continued with Fernand Etgen, Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer protection, outlining political projects with implications on viticulture.
LIST researcher Daniel Molitor presented two research projects that are supported by the Institut Viti-vinicole: the project “Monitoring of pests and development of eco-friendly crop protection strategies in viticulture (BioVIM) and the project “Reduction of pesticide use in viticulture” (ProVino).
ProVino project has successfully ended in spring 2017 and enabled to evaluate non-chemical methods for suppressing or delaying fungal epidemics in vineyards for their potential to partly replace fungicides. The ongoing BioViM project focuses on the monitoring of the most damaging pests in viticulture by traditional visual assessments on the ground as well as by innovative remote sensing approaches. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of pesticide use in integrated viticulture as well as to the risk assessment concerning damage inflicted by pests in biological viticulture.
Daniel Molitor presented and discussed strategies for preventing fruit rot that were elaborated in these two projects ProVino and BioViM led by LIST researcher Marco Beyer and team.
The event ended up with a wine tasting during which participants and guest speakers could share more experiences on this topic.
> For any further information in this field, please contact Daniel Molitor or Marco Beyer via email.