Partners

The Institut français de la vigne et du vin (IFV) is the result of a merger between two French public technical institutes on viticulture : Etablissement National Technique pour l’Amélioration de la Viticulture (ENTAV) and the Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin (ITV France). Classified as technical center that follows the Code of Research, IFV assumes a mission considered of public interest for the whole viticulture sector in the fields of vegetal selection, viticulture, vinification and marketing of wine products.
At an international level and since 2008, IFV develops and manages the Charter of Fontevraud that aims at the joint commitment of viticulture unions, authorities and research and development centers in a voluntary process of vines’ landscape protection and enhancement. It targets a sustainable development of the sector, and thus works jointly with other Institutes on conservation, biological control and landscape management advantages.

The IFV experience in functional biodiversity and landscape matters, added to its experience as a project coordinator ( project Eco-Innovation 2009 WinEnvironment) will be useful for the BioDiVine project. It will coordinate and manage the technical aspects of the whole project (especially in one demonstration area (Costières de Nîmes). Then it will provide a sound cartographical analysis of every test area , and ensure the follow up and analysis of the concrete conservation actions implemented on Costières de Nîmes and St-Emilion demonstration areas . Its publication experience and network will also ease the writing and spread of the technical guideline , and its contacts with professional organization will help in the set up of Open days and training workshops .





Vitinnov is a professional non-profit association working for research and development in sustainable viticulture.
The main Vitinnov objectives are to obtain, validate and publish scientifically sound innovative methods for integrated pest management in viticulture. One of its activities, which has been developed since 2008, is Biodiversity monitoring in relation to vineyard management and landscape. 6 studies have already been initiated in France, using a simple method (Rapid Biodiversity Assessment RBA), to assess arthropods biodiversity. Two studies are done at the farm scale (comparing inter habitat biodiversity), two at the landscape scale (using landscape description by GIS) and two are studies designed especially according to the wine-growers demand (influence of insecticide application versus mating disruption, influence of vineyard undergrowth).
Therefore, in this project, Vitinnov will use its experience from its former studies on biodiversity monitoring to train partners on the RBA method and to provide an arthropod trapping system.
Vitinnov as well as the rest of the consortium will manage 2 demonstration sites in France (Limoux, St-Emilion) and analyse data picked up in each of the designated test areas all along the project . As the association is already involved in the pest management scientific community, it will easily participate to the valorisation of the project results through involvement in conferences and publications in specialized magazines.


The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. It has a staff of more than 10.000 employees, among them 3.202 scientists and about 3.802 pre and postdoctoral researchers. The CSIC has 116 Institutes distributed throughout Spain. There is also a delegation in Brussels. CSIC has wide experience in both participation and management of R&D projects and training grants. Under the 6th Framework Programme the CSIC signed 418 contracts (37 coordinated by the CSIC). CSIC is the 5th organisation in Europe in project execution and funding (http://www.csic.es).

ICVV (Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino)(www.icvv.es) has been recently created by CSIC Research Institutes as a joint venture between the University of La Rioja and the Government of La Rioja. It is located in Logroño (Northern Spain), which is the capital of La Rioja, a renowned region for wine production in Spain. The Institute is intended to become a multidisciplinary research center developing fundamental knowledge and technological applications on viticulture and oenology.
Taking advantage of this experience, ICVV-CSIC will implement the BioDiVine project in a large area of a regional park in La Rioja . They will provide a relevant expertise on viticulture and a relevant scientific background to deal with data analysis and lead the action that deals with microbial populations. Moreover, being a large and recognized institution, ICVV-CSIC participation will be an asset for project communication and dissemination actions.



Institut Català de la Vinya y el Vinoi (INCAVI) is a tool for research and innovation in the viticulture and winemaking sector. This organisation was created by the autonomous government of Catalunya to support and participate in the innovation of the Catalan winemaking sector.

The Association for Viticultural Development in the Douro Valley (ADVID) was created in 1982 by a small number of owners of large wine estates. ADVID’ s mission is to promote technological innovations, in order to improve the quality of grapes and wine, increase of profitability and reduce production costs. To accomplish this, ADVID offers farmer-training courses, develops on-farm trials, organises field demonstrations and provides technical support through individual visits and information bulletins.
In 27 years of activity, ADVID has achieved the objectives originally proposed. Actually the main lines are: climate characterisation by (collection and treatment of meteorological data), water relationship in vineyards, restructuring of hillside vineyards with the objectives of a higher degree of mechanisation, selection of grape varieties and rootstock, plantation density and training of vines. As an aid to reconversation, economic studies have been carried out on plantation and maintains of the vineyard.

ADVID has been involved in plant protection experimentation and extension ever since its foundation. However, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work started only quite recently (1997), with the aim of promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Since 2000, ADVID has been involved in studies concerning environmentally safe pest management strategies, including mating disruption of Lobesia botrana, and identification of his beneficials with the aim to improve functional biodiversity in Douro vineyards. Since the early 90’s, a group of 12 mostly large farms, totalling about 2500 acres, has received extended help to introduce IPM and ICM practices. Since 1997, four new technical staff have been hired by ADVID (seven in total), to act as IPM and ICM extension workers. The number of participating farmers grew from 12 to 180 and the total area from 2500 to 9000 acres. Actually ADVID have 210 members: effective (Port Wine Shippers), collective and individual wine producers.

Euroquality is a service provider established in 1997 specialized in Innovation and European research projects. Its main activities are innovation consultancy, technology transfer, economical studies and policy evaluation, technological audits and the management of European research and development projects. The development of the BioDiVine communication tools, both internal and external, will depend on Euroquality’s high degree of expertise in developing IT solutions.

Euroquality has a great experience and high competencies in project management as it has co-ordinate more than 15 European research projects for which it has developed web portals and IT tools. The last audit realized by the European Commission in February 2009 emphasized its rigorous management capacities.
Euroquality’s role in the 2009 BioDiVine project will be to assist the IFV in the administrative and financial management. Besides it will be in charge of the dissemination of project results and the preparation of the exploitation phase together with IFV.