Since October 2022, ScreenSYS has been a partner in the EU-funded Interregio project “Climate-Resilient Grape Varieties to Secure Yields” (in short “Kliwiresse” from the German title “Klima-Widerstandsfähige Rebsorten zur Sicherung des Ertrags”).
In Kliwiresse ScreenSYS supports the research into breeding new grape varieties with increased resistance to environmental changes, such as extreme heat or drought. This is of particularly important in today’s rapidly changing climatic conditions. ScreenSYS is developing a test system based on single cell analysis to develop an efficient classification of individual grapevine varieties in terms of their resilience capacity, and thus increasing breeding efficiency. Another further important contribution is the development of a microspore-derived method for the generation of double-haploid grapevine plants, which will enable new breeding technologies in grapevine.
The project is coordinated by Prof. Peter Nick of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Other partner institutions include the Julius-Kühn Institute for Grapevine Breeding in Siebeldingen (JKI, Germany), the Université de Strasbourg (France) and the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture in Frick (FIBL, Switzerland). Associated partners include the Albert Ludwigs Universität of Freiburg, the Landesanstalt für Weinbau Freiburg and the Weincampus Neustadt.