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Protea, research project France-South Africa

Hubert Curien (PHC) partnership for Foreign Office (France) and international development, has selected UMR SAVE and Stellenbosch University for PROTEA project between France and South Africa


Comparison of beneficial microbial diversity in three Vitis vinifera cultivars to improve grapevine sustainable production 


Our main objective is to find a suitable and environmental friendly method, i.e. biological control, that can be applied in vinyards in France and South Africa. For that purpose; the localization, the composition and the functions of the microbiome from the woody tissues of 3 cultivars planted in France and in South Africa will be first characterized and compared.

For the first time, the evolution of the microbiota and its function will be analysed over a two-year period in healthy grapevines and grapevines that expressed esca-foliar symptoms. Our aim is also to find markers linked to the pathogenic or protective processes in the plants. Some beneficial microorganisms that colonise the wood tissues or the roots of grapevines will be used, either alone or in combination, to control GTDs.


Francois Halleen, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Patrice Rey, UMR SAVE, INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine (France)


UMR SAVE (INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine)

ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Emilie Bruez, Pascal Lecomte, Patrice Rey, Jessica Valance

François Halleen, Hano Maree, Lizel Mostert, Chris Spies

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P-Lecomte   Amira Yacoub4

Amira Yacoub and Pascal Lecomte will be in South Africa December 2018, 10 to 15th, to visit François Halleen for Protea project.

Two lectures will be given :

  • Potential protection with Pythium oligandrum against grapevine trunk diseases
  • Relation between esca and grapevine pruning.
  • Wynand Van Jaarsveld is visiting INRA – Research Center of Bordeaux (UMR SAVE) from October until December 2018.

December, 10th Wynand will give a seminar : "Investigating the colonization of Trichoderma in grapevine nursery vines for improved management of black foot disease" (>>> more detail).



Within the framework of the South Africa / France project PROTEA, Dr Francois Halleen presented our project in a meeting dedicated to the scientific collaboration between the 2 countries (see program in the attached PDF file)

This scientific day has been held on 6 December 2017 in Pretoria and was organised by NRF (National Research Foundation) and the French Embassy in South Africa.

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