Transcriptomic and biochemical investigations support the role of rootstock-scion interaction in grapevine berry quality

A. Zombardo, C. Crosatti, P. Bagnaresi, L. Bassolino, N. Reshef, S. Puccioni, P. Faccioli, A. Tafuri, M. Delledonne, A. Fait, P. Storchi, L. Cattivelli, E. Mica

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Background: In viticulture, rootstock genotype plays a critical role to improve scion physiology, berry quality and to adapt grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) to different environmental conditions. This study aimed at investigating the effect of two different rootstocks (1103 Paulsen-P- A nd Mgt 101-14-M) in comparison with not grafted plants-NGC-on transcriptome (RNA-seq and small RNA-seq) and chemical composition of berry skin in Pinot noir, and exploring the influence of rootstock-scion interaction on grape quality. Berry samples, collected at veraison and maturity, were investigated at transcriptional and biochemical levels to depict the impact of rootstock on berry maturation. Results: RNA- A nd miRNA-seq analyses highlighted that, at veraison, the transcriptomes of the berry skin are extremely similar, while variations associated with the different rootstocks become evident at maturity, suggesting a greater diversification at transcriptional level towards the end of the ripening process. In the experimental design, resembling standard agronomic growth conditions, the vines grafted on the two different rootstocks do not show a high degree of diversity. In general, the few genes differentially expressed at veraison were linked to photosynthesis, putatively because of a ripening delay in not grafted vines, while at maturity the differentially expressed genes were mainly involved in the synthesis and transport of phenylpropanoids (e.g. flavonoids), cell wall loosening, and stress response. These results were supported by some differences in berry phenolic composition detected between grafted and not grafted plants, in particular in resveratrol derivatives accumulation. Conclusions: Transcriptomic and biochemical data demonstrate a stronger impact of 1103 Paulsen rootstock than Mgt 101-14 or not grafted plants on ripening processes related to the secondary metabolite accumulations in berry skin tissue. Interestingly, the MYB14 gene, involved in the feedback regulation of resveratrol biosynthesis was up-regulated in 1103 Paulsen thus supporting a putative greater accumulation of stilbenes in mature berries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number468
JournalBMC Genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 8 Jul 2020


  • Berry ripening
  • Grapevine
  • RNA-seq
  • Rootstock
  • Secondary metabolism
  • Transcriptomic
  • Vitis vinifera
  • miRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics


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