Christophe BERTSCH, 48, directs the grapeVine, Biotechnology and Environment Laboratory at the University of Haute-Alsace in Colmar. His specialty is wood diseases. He leads the Euréka project, one of the first nine programs selected by the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the “Action plan against declining vineyards”. The idea is to find preventive but also curative solutions,” insists the researcher. And for that, he does not hesitate to take inspiration from the work of colleagues in other disciplines such as forestry. “To invent is to think outside the box,” said Alfred EINSTEIN. He regularly reminds his teams of this.
He is exploring endotherapy, which consists of injecting active molecules into the core of the vine’s trunk so that they act directly on the pathogens present in the white rot. He is also working on double grafting and the impact of cultural practices.
In April 2018, he took over the direction of the Alsatian vineyard technical commission. The objective: to federate and coordinate all Alsatian research with the interprofession (Civa), the winegrowers’ unions (Ava), the technical institutes (IFV and the chamber of agriculture). Topics addressed: spraying, relations with local residents, flavescence dorée, plant material… and of course wood diseases.
Editor: Christelle Stef.
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Vitisphere unveils its selection of the most influential entrepreneurs, leaders, influencers, technicians and even rebels of the past vintage… and the years to come.
For its third edition, our top 20 of the Wine (click here to discover it) gathers the twenty headliners having carrying 2018 novelty of the sector, and of the Vitisphere website. Eclectic and subjective, this repertoire of influences and inspirations draws all the current and future challenges of the industry.
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