Assoenologi Prize 2013 for research at the Edmund Mach Foundation
The coveted prize for the best studies in the field of viticulture and enology of Assoenologi was rewarded to the work of the researchers at the Edmund Mach Foundation, who worked on new disease-resistant varieties.
Their scientific research in viticulture and enology allowed to understand chemical and molecular mechanisms that new resistant crosses of vines carry out in their leaves to defend themselves from infection of downy mildew. This is the first fundamental step to stimulate the natural defenses of the plant, and to obtain new disease-resistant varieties of vine.
The group of researchersof the Edmund Mache Foundation of San Michele all'Adige worked in closed collaboration with two scholars of the University of Trento and Verona.
The Assoenologi Award 2013 is one of the most prestigious prizes that the association has rewarded in over thirty years to award and encourage studies aimed at the improvement and at the progress in the viticultural sector.
The jury, in the Ministers Halls of the Ministry of Agriculture, Economics and Forestry, was chaired by the former Minister Mario Catania, and assisted by the President of Assoneologi, Giancarlo Prevarin, awarded the prize to the researchers at the Edmund Mach Foundation for the following reasons:
"The work carried out with innovative, rigorous and accurate methodologies, showed not only results of high scientific worth, but also and most of all its value of application in the direction of a better understanding of the defense mechanisms against pathogens of the vine and of its possible reduction in viticulture, through the stimulation of the natural defenses of the plant and a more efficient activity of genetic improvement to obtain new resistant varieties. "
The titles of the winning works are:
"Characterization of the oligomers of resveratrol, important stress metabolites that accumulate in the leaves genotypes of hybrids of Vitis vinifera (Merzling for Teroldego) infected with downy mildew",
"The resistance to downy mildew in a population of segregating vines is associated with the accumulation of stilbelnoids and specific transcriptional responses by the host",
"Analysis and quantification of trans-resveratrol, trans-piceid, trans-pterostilbene and 11 viniferines induced by downy mildew in partially resistant grape leaves".
The list of winners:
Giulia Malacarne, Urska Vrovsek, Domenico Masuero, Luca Zulini, Marco Stefanini, Alessandro Cestaro, Massimo Delledonne (University of Verona), Riccardo Velasco, Graziano Guella (University of Trento), Claudio Moser and Fulvio Mattivi.
The prize of 9000 Euros will be awarded on Thursday, 4th July, in Alba, in the context of the 68th national congress of the association.