Main research topics
In Portugal, ISA is one of the members of the organization for wine sector research and innovation, the CoLAB Vines & Wines – Collaborative research with the industry for competitive Portuguese Wines. ISA is also part of the ALABE – Association of Oenology Laboratories, and member of the CNOIV – Portuguese Commission of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
- Plant & Vineyard: Grapevine biodiversity and grapevine selection, portuguese varieties and clones; improved phenotyping and selection, improved plant and soil management practices, soil and plant health, ecophysiology, precision viticulture; grapevine trunk diseases, climate change adaptation, responses to biotic and abiotic stresses and vineyard water footprint; vineyard microbial ecology. Molecular markers for specific traits; biochemical and gene expression analysis, of multi-stress effects on leaf functioning; grape berry ripening; genetic diversity of native
- Winemaking & Wine Quality: prevention of stuck and sluggish fermentations; control wine microbial spoilage; prevention of “horse sweat” taint related to spoilage yeast Dekkera bruxellensis; grape and wine phenolic composition; grape and wine mineral and isotopic composition; evaluation of grape quality on winemaking and optimization of quality factors during vinification; wine ageing and stabilization; reduction of chemicals and additives; sensory analysis; wine chemical analysis and quality control, development of analytical tools for wine authenticity and traceability; Sorting and mapping quality wines through sensory profiles.