Assessment of the spatial variability of anthocyanins in grapes using a fluorescence sensor: Relationships with vine vigour and yield

  1. Baluja, J. 2
  2. Diago, M.P. 2
  3. Goovaerts, P. 1
  4. Tardaguila, J. 23
  1. 1 BioMedware, Inc., 3526W Liberty, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, United States
  2. 2 Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino

    Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.481584.4

  3. 3 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Precision Agriculture

ISSN: 1385-2256

Year of publication: 2012

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

Pages: 457-472

Type: Article

Export: RIS
DOI: 10.1007/s11119-012-9261-x SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84863434110 WoS: 000305956000004 GOOGLE SCHOLAR


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  • Year 2012
  • Journal Impact Factor: 1.728
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The use of new, rapid and non-invasive sensors in the field allows the collection of many observations which are necessary to assess the spatial variability of berry composition. The aim of this work was to study the spatial variability in anthocyanin content in grapes and to quantify its relationship with the vigour and yield in a commercial vineyard. The study was conducted in a Tempranillo (Vitis vinifera L.) vineyard (Navarra, Spain). A new, hand-held, non-destructive fluorescence-based proximal sensor was used for monitoring the anthocyanin content in grapes at veraison and harvest. Yield, vine vigour, spectral (normalized difference vegetation index and plant cell density) and chlorophyll (SPAD and simple chlorophyll fluorescence ratio) parameters were measured. Yield variability within the vineyard was the largest of all the parameters. Fluorescence-based anthocyanin indices were less variable at harvest than at veraison. The vigour parameters (main shoot length, total shoot length and shoot pruning weight) were positively correlated to yield; the chlorophyll and the spectral indices were negatively correlated with berry anthocyanin production. The correlations between vigour, yield and anthocyanin content in grapes varied substantially in time and space across the vineyard. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.