INTEGRAPE - Data integration to maximise the power of omics for grapevine improvement

Coordinator: Mario Pezzotti
UTAD/CITAB Coordinator: Hernâni Varanda Gerós

INTEGRAPE is a COST Action that will bring together all stakeholders in the grapevine
research community (academic, industry, policymakers and consumers) in an open, international, and
representative network to develop minimal data standards and good practices in order to integrate data
repositories and improve interoperability between datasets. The ultimate objective is to harness and
exploit all available data to achieve better management practices and more cost-effective breeding for
improved genotypes. Grapevine is grown worldwide to produce fresh berries, processed fruits and wine.
The major challenge is to control berry composition and maintain yields while limiting the use of
pesticides, water and other inputs, thus adapting the industry to climate change while achieving
environmental and economic sustainability. Grapevine research focuses on interactions between the
genotype, phenotype and environment, and information must be integrated from heterogeneous
datasets including ampelography, environmental biology, genetics, genomics, epigenomics,
transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The data are currently dispersed and difficult to access,
hindering meta-analysis (the re-use of grapevine data beyond the original experiments). No institution
working in the field of grapevine research has yet taken on the mission to improve data integration and
interoperability at the global level, although the grapevine research community is continuously producing
large datasets. The concepts described in the INTEGRAPE proposal will support stakeholders by
developing innovative strategies to integrate grapevine data from existing resources and new
experiments in a cost-effective manner, as well as making interoperable grapevine datasets and tools
available in a secure and standardised format.

Project Details



Start date

November 2018


36 months


European Commission

Responsible institution


Research Team