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As part of the large-scale joint project VITIFIT, researchers from various institutes are working together with winegrowing enterprises to combat downy mildew. The complex project is divided into four thematic areas. Area B deals with the further development of breeding activities (Piwis), with the improvement of the oenological wine style of the new varieties, as well as their market acceptance.
The participants of the project regularly offer various events around this topic, as well as a newsletter.

Learn more about the VITIFIT project here.


Forschungsgruppe Prof. Bogs und B. Eisenmann

How many plant protection treatments do the new varieties need so that the vine growers may be relaxed?

Since 2015, Birgit Eisenmann has been working on precisely this practical question as part of her doctoral thesis with Prof. Dr. Jochen Bogs from the Weincampus in Neustadt an der Weinstraße.

The three-year project includes an elaborately prepared and practice-oriented experimental set-up in the vineyards in the region. The Piwi-experienced winemaking colleagues Gerhard Nett (Neustadt Geinsheim), Ralf Anselmann (Edesheim), Klaus Rummel (Landau Nußdorf) and we from the Rebschule are happy to support the projectin its practical implementation.


The 2014 and 2015 vintages had it all due to the enormously different weather conditions. They offered optimal conditions for this project to observe and evaluate the robustness of the varieties Cal 6-04 and Cabernet blanc under field conditions.

In the adjacent link you will find the most important details about the project and initial findings.