Alain main scientific and practical teaching topics are:
Grapevine physiology, vine and fruit responses to abiotic factors as water, light and temperature (including relations to fruit and wine composition), vineyard irrigation, pruning and general viticulture (vineyard management, training systems, the concept of terroir...).
Let's share a few industry journal publications (knowledge transfer):
About grapevine roots: Grapevine root system-Parts 1&2- 270319-Def.pdf
About ripening and the method of sugar loading: L18_Schmidtke_ACTA_HORT_Author_version_2018.pdf
About grapevine development: Grapevine Development (Part 1 - 6)-2010.pdf
About berry development: Berry Development (Part 1 - 10)-2010.pdf
About measuring vine water status:Leaf Water potential-Wineland-2011.pdf
About grapevine training systems: A few thoughts on grapevine training systems_2012.pdf
About IBMP and fruit zone microclimate: Methoxypyrazines-PWV-2014.pdf
Alain is lecturing at the Bachelor and Master levels at SupAgro (Montpellier, France).
Alain mentored numerous PhD students as main supervisor and co-supervisor (obviously a PhD is a team effort). The examples provided below give a flavours of his teaching and research expertises.
Zelmari Coetzee (Australia) 2015-2017 (Completed)
Title: "The sugar-potassium nexux in the grape berry". Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Ausralia. Co-supervisor with Dr Suzy Rogiers (NSW-DPI, main supervisor), Dr Rob Walker (CSIRO) and Dr Simon Clark.
Gerhard C. Rossouw (Australia) 2015-2017 (completed)
Title: “Grapevine carbohydrate and nitrogen allocation during berry maturation: Implications of source-sink relations and water supply. PhD Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia. Co-supervisor with Dr B. Holzapfel (main supervisor) and Drs Celia Barril, Jason Smith (co-supervisors).
Erna Witbooi (StellenSouth Africa) 2009 – 2015 (completed)
Title: “Berry tannin structure and evolution in cv. Cabernet Sauvignon: the contribution of abiotic factors”. PhD, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. PhD supervisor with Prof JR Da Silva (Lisbon, Portugal) and Dr A. Oberholster (UC-Davis, California).
Katja Suklje (Slovenia) 2011 – 2014 (completed).
Title: “Influence of viticulture practice on the dynamic of some secondary metabolites in grape of grapevine variety Sauvignon Blanc (Vitis vinifera L.)”. PhD University of Slovenia and Stellenbosch Univesrity. PhD co-supervisor with DR D. Rusjan as main supervisor.
Ignacio Serra (Chile) 2010 – 2014 (completed)
Title: “Effect of rootstocks on Pinotage (Vitis vinifera L.) adaptation to drought”. PhD, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. PhD supervisor with Dr P. Myburgh (co-supervisor, ARC-Infruitec, Nietvoorbij).
Flor Etchebarne, (Peru) 2006 – 2008 (completed).
Title: “Influence of grapevine water status in interaction with the leaves area on water, sugar and minerals berry loading (Vitis vinifera L., CV. Grenache noir)”. PhD, SupAgro Montpellier, France. PhD main supervisor.
Zhenping Wang, (China) 2001 – 2003 (completed).
Title: “Influence of vine water status in interaction with the training system on vine sugar distribution and on berry sugar loading (Vitis vinifera L., CV. Syrah)”. PhD, SupAgro Montpellier, France, presented, December 2003. A. Carbonneau and A. Deloire (PhD co-supervisors).
Hernan Ojeda, (Argentina). 1997 – 1999 (completed).
Title: “Influence of grapevine water status on berry growth and phenolics composition (Vitis vinifera L. cv. Syrah)”. PhD, SupAgro Montpellier. presented November,1999. A. Carbonneau and A. Deloire (PhD co-supervisors).
Elena Kraeva, PhD student at the University of St Pétersbourg, Russie. 1996 – 1999 (completed).
Title: “Grapevine defense mechanisms (Vitis vinifera L.): berry evolution of -1,3-glucanases and of phenolic compounds”. PhD from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Presented December 1999. J. Bierne and A. Deloire (PhD co-supervisors).
To know more about training programmes in vine and wine sciences at SupAgro (BSc, MSc), visite the SupAgro website accessible from my home page and go to IHEV page from SupAgro website.