Bioinformational trends in grape and wine biotechnology

Thomas A. Dixon*, Thomas C. Williams, Isak S. Pretorius

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The creative destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic is yielding immense opportunity for collaborative innovation networks. The confluence of biosciences, information sciences, and the engineering of biology, is unveiling promising bioinformational futures for a vibrant and sustainable bioeconomy. Bioinformational engineering, underpinned by DNA reading, writing, and editing technologies, has become a beacon of opportunity in a world paralysed by uncertainty. This article draws on lessons from the current pandemic and previous agricultural blights, and explores bioinformational research directions aimed at future-proofing the grape and wine industry against biological shocks from global blights and climate change.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jun 2021


  • bioinformational engineering
  • creative destruction
  • engineering biology
  • grape and wine biotechnology
  • synthetic biology


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