Time is flying by. The first 12 months of LIFE VineAdapt are already behind us. While the first weeks were mainly characterized by preparatory measures, we were able to really get started with the field trials at the beginning of the current vegetation period.
In the meantime, site-adapted wild plant mixtures have been sown in the trial vineyards in Germany, Austria and Hungary, and France will soon follow. The first rounds of the necessary vegetation and faunistic studies have largely been completed.
With a view to developing biodiversity-friendly understory management, Austrian colleagues have begun testing different forms of treatment: mechanical brushing, spraying of acetic and pelargonic acid. Germany will follow next year.
To use resource-efficient fertilization methods, the block trial was set up in Germany. Fertilization has now been carried out in 4 variants.
Trials on resource-efficient irrigation have also started successfully. The block trial has been installed in Germany; experimental vineyards have been selected in both Germany and France. The first analyses on vegetation, fauna and soil are available.