Prof Nathalie Ollat

Researcher at INRAE, director of the Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics of Grapevine Laboratory at ISVV, Bordeaux

Title of presentation: Rootstocks and scions: how these two players interact in response to environmental conditions

Nathalie Ollat received a Ph.D. in agronomic sciences from Montpellier Supagro (France), with emphases in viticulture and plant physiology. Dr. Ollat joined the INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) viticulture research center in Bordeaux (France) in 1988, to implement studies on training systems. After dealing with berry development during her Ph-D, she initiated, in the early 2000s, a research program on the interactions of grapevine rootstocks with biotic and abiotic factors. Dr. Ollat and her research team have studied the impact of rootstocks on grapevine nutrition, water intake, vine growth and yields, providing a body of knowledge useful to breed new rootstocks. Since 2010, Dr. Ollat expanded her research efforts to focus on the impact of climate change on grape growing. She currently co-directs the “LACCAVE” program on long-term impacts and adaptations to climate change in viticulture and oenology in France (2012-2020). In April, 2018, she was promoted to the position of director of the Research Unit for Vine Ecophysiology and Functional Genomics (UMR EGFV) within the University of Bordeaux (ISVV: Institute for Sciences of Vine and Wine). This laboratory is studying the interactions between grapevine and its environmental from genes to the vineyard, using integrative biology approaches. Its main aims is to deliver knowledge about the performances of fruiting varieties and rootstocks to adapt to global changes.

Field of research: 
Rootstocks, grapevine physiology and genetics, abiotic and biotic responses, climate change