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

Coordinator: Mario Pezzotti
UTAD/CITAB Coordinator: Ana Isabel Ramos Novo Amorim de Barros

The COST Action INTEGRAPE 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 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


COST Action CA17111



Start date

September 2018


48 months

Funding Entity

European Commission - H2020

CITAB/UTAD Financing



Responsible institution

Università degli Studi di Verona (IT)



Julius Kühn-Institute (DE)

Royal Botanic Gardens (UK)

Umea University (SE)

University of Belgrade (RS)

National Institute of Biology (SI)


Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier - UNL (PT)

University of Minho (PT)

CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (PT)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC (ES)

University of Verona (IT)

Universität Hohenheim (DE)