Increasing temperature in the European wine producing regions is having a negative impact on this key sector. Climate change results in a lack of balance between technological and phenolic ripening of wine grapes and, as a consequence, alcohol increase in wines. This trend is of great concern for the European wine industry because it has a negative impact on wine quality, becomes a hurdle for international trade, and jeopardizes compatibility of moderate wine consumption with a healthy lifestyle. In this project, we will use model-guided computational analysis in combination with adaptive laboratory evolution to develop GMO-free yeasts that will produce wine with reduced alcohol content.
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ERA-CoBioTech First call.