- October 20th, 2022
Advances towards the vineyard of the future
The new “Plants 2.0” will allow to achieve better production results, generate a longer useful life for the vineyards, in addition to being immune to several types of viruses.
Planting of the “Plants 2.0” began in October and is the result of the joint work of the Agricultural Management and the Center for Research and Innovation. These new plants bring great benefits for the production and life of the vineyards.
The 2.0 plants are free of the 4 most damaging viruses from a productive and qualitative point of view, which are leaf roll 1, 2 and 3 (GLRaV-1, GLRaV-2 and GLRaV-3) and Fan leaf virus (GFLV).
These plants will enable better yields and a longer vineyard life. The first planting of the Plants 2.0 was carried out at the El Triángulo Estate, marking the beginning of a new quality standard for the plants grown in the Agricultural Management nursery.
Carlos Valdivia, Assistant Manager for Development and Projects of the Agricultural Management Department, says, “This achievement has been the result of long work by the CRI in conjunction with the propagation area of the Agricultural Management Department. Today we can say that we have plants free of these four viruses, backed up by the most sensitive analytics available in the world (qPCR).
“Plants 2.0 will be healthier, more productive and longer-lived than their predecessors. They will be plants that are going to be more prepared for the climate change we are seeing today” adds Carlos Valdivia.
“This is the first time that Viña Concha Y Toro has planted vineyards with this superior plant material or plant 2.0, which consists of a vine plant free of 13 viruses and 5 wood fungi, which affect the productivity and longevity of the vineyards,” says the Director of the Center for Research and Innovation, Álvaro González.
“This important milestone has been the fruit of a research and development program of the CRI that began in 2016 and today is already a concrete case of innovation, improving the productivity and longevity of our vineyards and adding value to the work of our agricultural area” assures Álvaro González.
It is expected that in the future, Viña Concha y Toro will have plants free of 12 viruses and reinforced with trichodermas, which implies even more robust plants than those currently planted.