Organic wine and fruit propagation in Germany and Switzerland

Experts from seed companies, organic farmers, farmer advisors, researchers and agricultural trainers can now read a report on a virtual cross visit to Germany and Switzerland on organic wine and fruit propagation.

The report introduces the VITIFIT project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture focusing on breeding for fungus-resistant grape varieties (PIWI) and the “VitiMeteo Rebenperonospora” forecasting system. It details the collaboration of three organic experts in the selection, propagation and marketing of robust vine varieties and the introduction of these varieties to the value chain in Germany.

It describes an orchard museum in Glems, Germany, and the practices of preserving old fruit varieties for organic. Apple breeder Niklaus Bolliger provides insights into organic apple breeding in Switzerland, while FiBL Switzerland, one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of organic agriculture, shares their research priorities and some of their results in organic plant protection measures, and in cultivation technology on apple, cherry, apricot and berries.

Visit to Germany and Switzerland on organic wine and fruit propagation
Orchard Museum, Glems, Germany © Kaja Gutzen

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Germany, FiBL Switzerland and IFOAM Organics Europe produced this report.

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