Journal article

Community succession of the grapevine fungal microbiome in the annual growth cycle

Di Liu, Kate Howell

Environmental Microbiology | WILEY | Published : 2020


Microbial ecology and activity in wine production influences grapevine health and productivity, conversion of sugar to ethanol during fermentation, wine aroma, wine quality and distinctiveness. Fungi in the vineyard ecosystem are not well described. Here, we characterized the spatial and temporal dynamics of fungal communities associated with the grapevine (grapes, flowers, leaves, and roots) and soils over an annual growth cycle in two vineyards to investigate the influences of grape habitat, plant developmental stage (flowering, fruit set, veraison, and harvest), vineyards, and climatic conditions. Fungi were influenced by both the grapevine habitat and plant development stage. The core mi..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Wine Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors give their sincere thanks to the vignerons in Mornington Peninsula who kindly allowed vineyard access and enabled sampling. D.L. acknowledges support from a Ph.D. scholarship and funding from Wine Australia (AGW Ph1602) and a Melbourne Research Scholarship from the University of Melbourne. Dr. Qinling Chen, Prof. Deli Chen and Dr. Pangzhen Zhang are acknowledged for helpful discussions and support in the course of this work.