Dr Laurent Torregrosa is professor of grapevine biology & genetics at Institut Agro Montpellier (France). He obtained his Master of Science in Life Sciences (1986) and in Viticulture-Enology (1988). In 2021 he took on the role of Director of the Institute of Higher studies in Vine and Wine (IHEV).
Laurent Torregrosa obtained the qualification of French oenologist in 1989. He obtained a PhD in Agronomic Sciences in 1994 and the accreditation for direction of research programmes (HDR) in 2008. He was awarded of the title of Distinguished Professor (highest grade in France) in 2017.
Vinifera teaching: Within the Vine Biology module, Laurent teaches on genetic improvement, vegetative and reproductive organ anatomy and development, berry physiology, viticultural practices.
Research interests: His first position, as a research fellow, dealt with the genetic engineering of the grapevine resistance to grapevine chrome mosaic virus & powdery mildew. From 2000 to 2010, Laurent Torregrosa was involved in several programmes aiming to study the genetic regulation of grapevine reproductive development. Since 2011, he has been studying the impact of elevated T° and water deficit on grapevine vegetative and reproductive developments in order to identify traits of adaptation to heat and drought.
International involvement: Prof Torregrosa is member of the International Grape Genome Program, member of the International Viticulture & Enology Society (IVES), member of the French delegation at OIV, in addition to being president of the GiESCO.