MiSalVi. Management of Mycorrhizal Fungi and Soil Health in Vineyards

The objective of the MiSalVi project is to test the effectiveness of a strategy involving the inoculation of mycorrhizal fungi in vineyards through donor plants to improve the performance of grapevines in terms of grape and wine quality.

By the end of the project, the two partner companies—Il Palagio and Sugame—will be able to assess the actual effectiveness of the innovation introduced, which aims to enrich the soil of their vineyards, compensating for the negative impact that more or less invasive agronomic practices used over the years may have had, and to promote the proliferation of natural mycorrhizal communities, fostering biodiversity. Additionally, the ability to evaluate the impact of an enriched soil without the use of chemical fertilizers on the technological quality of the grapes and the sensory quality of the wine produced from them will give the partner companies a comprehensive view of the potential benefits of the proposed strategy. Finally, the results obtained will be valuable to all wine-producing companies in the Tuscany region, allowing them to leverage the acquired knowledge to improve the performance of their vineyards through a more informed and necessarily advantageous approach, as well as a more ethical approach in the context of sustainable agriculture.

This initiative is funded with the co-financing of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) under the 2014-2022 Rural Development Plan of the Tuscany Region, Sub-measure 16.2.

DATE: 2022-ongoing
BUDGET: grant allocated by the Tuscany Region 200.000,00€
PARTNER: D.R.E.Am. Italia, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie, Alimentari, Ambientali e Forestali (DAGRI UniFi), Food Micro Team e Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari ed Agro-ambientali (DISAAA-a) dell’Università di Pisa (UNIPI), Azienda agricola Sugame e Azienda agricola il Palagio di Piccini Monia