How a Cypriot grape cultivar can resist climate change impacts
The adverse effects of a changing climate are already pushing traditional and new-world wine-growing regions to their limits. Certain local grape varieties found on Cyprus are known to have a very high heat and drought tolerance; however, their resilience remains to a large extent scientifically unexplored. The EU-funded REXyCLIMA project will investigate the underlying resilience and physiological adaptive response of the Cypriot grape cultivar 'Xynisteri' to climate change. The aim is to use scientific data to determine the suitability of 'Xynisteri' as a long-term adaptation measure for countries whose viticulture is already negatively impacted by increasingly warm and dry growing conditions.