Clonal variability of several grapevine cultivars (<i>V. vinifera</i> L.) grown in the Emilia-Romagna
AbstractClonal selection has been performed over the past 2 decades by the University of Bologna to maintain the traditional grapevine cultivars grown in the Emilia-Romagna. Around 1980 budwood canes from several biotypes of the cvs Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri and Fortana were collected from old vineyards and used to establish a preliminary trial.
The vines were tested for their virus status and compared for yield, grape quality, leaf characters and phenological phases in order to evaluate the biotype variability and clonal repeatability within each cultivar.
L. Salamino, L. Grasparossa and L. Maestri showed very low degrees of genetic determination for yield and quality, while Fortana and L Sorbara exhibited quite high degrees. The results in both cases were independent on the virus status of the vines. While for cvs L. Salamino, L. Maestri and L. Grasparossa selection can be made only on the basis of virus status, good selection potentials were found with cvs L. Sorbara and Fortana. Fortana also exhibited marked differences in leaf morphology and phenological phases. Further investigations are needed to better characterize the diversity among biotypes of this variety, since the delimitation between cultivars and clones remains questionable.
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