The grapeVine Biotechnologies and Environment Laboratory

The grapeVine Biotechnologies and Environment Laboratory (LVBE) EA-3991, of the University of Haute-Alsace, has as its main research topic the agro-environmental engineering of vineyards. The laboratory federates teacher-researchers whose skills are recognized in grapevine-pathogen interactions.

LVBE building west view

The LVBE has the following structural objectives:

  • to contribute to the structuring of higher education and research at the UHA in line with the policies of the Alsace site, the Grand-Est region and the Upper Rhine (e.g. European Campus),
  • to support a dynamic of major structuring research projects,
  • to develop links with laboratories in the fundamental sciences and human and social sciences,
  • to link scientific excellence and pedagogical quality of our supporting programs,
  • to define areas of strategic opportunities with the active contribution of our funders (SATT Connectus, SEMIA, competitiveness clusters, Fondation Partenariale de Haute-Alsace,etc…)
  • to encourage and reinforce the valorization of research results with socio-economic actors,
  • to reinforce the visibility of the laboratory at different level (regional, national, world),
  • to further develop the laboratory’s own resources.


The Biology Laboratory at the University of Haute-Alsace was founded in 1996 to focus on the theme of enological yeasts. In 1999, the laboratory branched out with the creation of a “Vine and Defence mechanisms“. In 2004, a new building was constructed to house the laboratory and the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in Agronomy and Agri-food. As viticulture and the environment are inextricably linked, the LVBE and the “Biological Soil Decontamination” team (EDBS) joined forces in 2009 to create an entity to study the soil/vine relationship. The LVBE was then organised into three teams: the “Cryptogamic Diseases and Vines” team (MCV), which focuses on wood diseases, the “Vine Defences Stimulation” team (SDV) (formerly “Pathogen-derived Resistance”) and the “Biological Soil Decontamination” team (DBS) specialising in bio- and phytoremediation.
In 2015, the laboratory has concentrated all of its efforts on a single theme: the fight against Grapevine Trunk Diseases. 
In 2019, the enological and applied chemistry laboratory (LOCA) at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne joined the LVBE, bringing the enology theme into the unit in order to develop an overall picture from vine to wine.