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Ben Kalifa, Mohamed Lahbib [1].

Moving Towards Sustainable Organic Wine Production in the Niagara Region.

Organic viticulture challenges growers to think and act sustainably when managing variables such as weeds, pests, and overall crop production. Climate change has added to this challenge with projected increases in extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Cover crops are a nature-based solution that, when chosen carefully, can help growers mitigate effects of climate change as well as increase vineyards biodiversity. Despite their common use, local knowledge of which species work best in what conditions is lacking. Furthermore, species are seldom tested for response to drought and flood conditions in both controlled and operational settings. Our project aims to first evaluate some cover crop species’ response to simulated drought and flood conditions. Secondly, determine if these species respond the same way in an operational setting where weed pressure may challenge establishment ability. So far, Pennisetum glaucum, Trifolium incarnatum as well as Vicia villosa show promising results in terms of their ability to withstand extreme weather conditions as well as to establish in a weedy environment. Our overall goal is to create robust cover crop guidelines for winegrowers that will help them decide which species is best suited for their vineyards as tools to adapt to more frequent extreme weather events.

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1 - Brock University, Biology, 377 Glenridge street, 4, st catharines, Ontario, L2T3K8, Canada

climate change
organic viticulture
cover crops
sustainable management.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: ECO3, Ecology: Climate Change
Location: /
Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM(EDT)
Number: ECO3007
Abstract ID:172
Candidate for Awards:None

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