Original research articles

Nitrogen isotope ratio (δ15N): a nearly unexplored indicator that provides useful information in viticulture

Abstract

The study of the natural abundance of nitrogen-stable isotopes is an aspect of viticulture research that has received limited attention. While stable isotopes of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen have received significant attention, nitrogen isotope ratio (δ15N) remains a less studied yet potentially informative parameter. This paper explores the implications of δ15N measurements in grapevines, shedding light on its utility as an indicator for nitrogen sources, plant water status, and within-field variability. The study examines the influence of nitrogen sources, dose, and sampling organs on δ15N values, revealing distinct trends in petioles, berries, and seeds. Organic fertilisers led to higher δ15N values compared to inorganic sources, while increasing nitrogen doses exhibited a much weaker effect on δ15N. Moreover, δ15N values vary spatially within vineyards, associating with its topography and potential soil composition, soil management and water availability. Our results highlight the importance of considering δ15N in viticulture, suggesting its integration with δ13C for comprehensive insights into nitrogen cycling and soil management practices. The findings advocate for further research to harness the full potential of δ15N as a valuable tool in viticultural studies.

Introduction

1. Nitrogen isotope variation studies in viticulture

Isotopes are defined as species of atoms of a chemical element located in the same position in the periodic table. Thus, isotopes share an atomic number, i.e., they have the same number of protons but have different atomic mass and physical properties, as the number of neutrons in their nuclei is different. They can be classified into two major groups: stable (maintaining a constant concentration on Earth over time) and radioactive (disintegrating at predictable rates to form other isotopes).

For most light elements, such as hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, one of the isotopes is greatly prevalent (>98 % of the atoms belong to that stable isotope form), the others being present only in trace amounts. The concentration of isotopes in natural compounds varies due to their slightly different mass-dependent behaviour in natural processes. As isotope discrimination is a function of the parameters characterising the process, the study of the relative content of other stable isotope forms can be very informative for many disciplines, ranging from human nutrition (Davies, 2020) to paleobiology (Fisher, 2018) and planetary sciences (Joy et al., 2020). In the particular case of plant and environmental sciences, the stable isotopes most frequently considered are those included in the four light elements mentioned above (Marshall et al., 2007), although there are also interesting applications for the study of the stable isotopes of other elements such as B, Ba, Ca, S or Sr (Bullen and Chadwick, 2016; Dawson et al., 2002; Sun et al., 2018). The relevance of these forms is due to their abundance on the Earth's surface and their involvement in relevant biological processes (Adams and Grierson, 2001). The stable isotopes of heavier elements, such as B, S, Sr and Mg, are also used in plant research, though less often.

Viticulture has already considered stable isotopes a valuable source of information, the main applications of which have been reviewed by Santesteban et al. (2015). The most frequently analysed variations in isotope composition are those in carbon, as they have been shown to be a reliable estimator of plant water status along the season (Gaudillere et al., 2002; Herrero-Langreo et al., 2013; Santesteban et al., 2016; Van Leeuwen et al., 2009). There is also a relatively high amount of research dealing with hydrogen and/or oxygen isotopes, which mainly provide information on the water sources and evaporation processes (Ingraham and Caldwell, 1999; Martin and Martin, 2003; West et al., 2007).

Studying nitrogen-stable isotopes in plant and environmental sciences is a useful tool to better understand N cycling processes and provide insights into historical N availability and ecosystem dynamics (Craine et al., 2015). In viticulture, although 15N measurement has been used quite profusely when artificially enriched sources of N are added to study the dynamics of N absorption and translocation (Baldi et al., 2017; Hajrasuliha et al., 1998; Morinaga et al., 2003; Schreiber et al., 2002; Verdenal et al., 2021; Vos et al., 2004; Walker et al., 2022; Zapata et al., 2004), or even in paleobotanical research (Joka et al., 2024), quite surprisingly, it has not been until the last years that research in viticulture has incorporated the measurement of the natural abundance of nitrogen isotope forms (Santesteban et al., 2014; Stamatiadis et al., 2007). Grapevine leaf, cane and must samples show lower δ15N values than those of the corresponding soil (Durante et al., 2016; Paolini et al., 2016), as the bulk δ15N of plant tissue depends not only on inorganic primary nitrogen sources but also on isotope fractionation during uptake and assimilation. More recently, works conducted in Switzerland have investigated the impact of soil management and water availability on δ15N in solid wine residues, observing decreased δ15N values associated with water stress and the competitive effect of a cover crop (Spangenberg and Zufferey, 2018; Spangenberg and Zufferey, 2023), and the same team has lately investigated variations in δ15N grapevine leaves as affected by early water stress and leaf age (Spangenberg et al., 2020; Spangenberg et al., 2021). Altogether, the works presented above constitute only a small set of information but show the potential interest of measuring the variations in nitrogen isotope forms that occur naturally in grapevine.

Similarly, it is remarkable that while within-field variations in carbon isotope ratio (δ13C) have been quite frequently reported (Herrero-Langreo et al., 2013; Santesteban et al., 2017; Van Leeuwen et al., 2018), there is only one work that, to our knowledge, has reported variations of δ15N at a within-field scale (Stamatiadis et al., 2007). Within-field variability is a feature that it increasingly considered in vineyard management due to the development of precision agriculture (Santesteban et al., 2019). Many studies consider the implications of variations between parts of a vineyard on agronomic performance (Bramley et al., 2019; Ledderhof et al., 2017; Urretavizcaya et al., 2017; Verdugo-Vásquez et al., 2018), those variations being mainly related to variations in soil composition and depth associated with changes in topography (Bramley et al., 2011; Santesteban et al., 2013; Scarlett et al., 2014). However, there is much less information on how changes in soil characteristics may affect nutrition and how these variations should be considered to implement variable rate fertiliser application strategies (Gatti et al., 2018; Gatti et al., 2019), and the study of δ15N could be relevant in this regard.

2. Origin of the natural variations in nitrogen isotopes

Nitrogen has two stable isotopes in nature, 14N and 15N, mostly found as the lightest isotopic form, 14N (99.634 %), whereas the heaviest form, 15N, represents 0.366 % of the total (Hoefs, 2009). Variations in nitrogen isotope compositions are measured as the relative deviation of the sample heavy-to-light isotope ratio 15N/14N from the international reference, that is, atmospheric N2 gas, i.e., the nitrogen isotope ratio (δ15N), calculated as detailed in Eq. 1, and expressed either as its per mille (‰) value or as mUr (1 mUr = 1 ‰)

δ15N=Nsample15/Nsample14Nstandard15/Nstandard14-1 ×1000
            [Eq. 1]

Plant uptake of nitrogen through the roots is known not to induce significant isotope discrimination during the absorption process, particularly when the external nutrient concentration is low (Billy et al., 2010; Santesteban et al., 2015). On the contrary, there are substantial differences in the nitrogen isotope ratio (δ15N) among the sources plants may take nitrogen from. In this regard, organic matter usually shows much higher δ15N values than inorganic fertilisers (Bateman and Kelly, 2007). For example, ammonium nitrate fertilisers show a range of δ15N between –1.4 and +2.6 ‰, while in manure and compost, δ15N ranges from 3.5 to 16.2 ‰, the average values being +0.2 and +8.1 ‰, respectively. The typical range for δ¹⁵N values in plant tissues is around –10 ‰ to +10 ‰ (Craine et al., 2015), and the source of N is the main factor determining the δ15N values observed in plant tissues (Kendall et al., 2007). Some environmental factors, such as water availability and temperature, influence N mineralisation, NH3 volatilisation, and denitrification processes and may, therefore, change the δ15N of the source N in soil solutions (Högberg, 1997). In this regard, denitrification is known to induce 15N enrichment of the residual nitrate (enrichment factor between −15 and 30 ‰), volatilisation and nitrification also cause isotopic depletion (average enrichment factors −20 ‰ and −25 ‰, respectively), whereas ammonification usually causes only a small fractionation (−1 ‰) (Billy et al., 2010; Kendall et al., 2007). Additionally, 15N to 14N fractionation occurs during uptake, translocation and assimilation can also affect δ15N (Kalcsits et al., 2014), the latter contributing to a greater extent to the changes observed (Craine et al., 2015; Evans, 2001). as the enzymatic reactions involved selectively generally favour lighter isotopes (¹⁴N) over heavier isotopes (¹⁵N). Furthermore, for a certain plant organ, the relative contributions of newly absorbed N and remobilised N from different plant reserve organs can modify its δ15N (Kolb and Evans, 2002; Robinson et al., 2000; Spangenberg et al., 2021).

Taking all the previous into account, there is a need for generating knowledge that permits understanding sources of δ15N variation in grapevines. In this work, we present the results of several independent experiments in an attempt to highlight the potential interest of using this measure in viticulture.

Materials and methods

1. Experimental designs

1.1. Influence of the source of nitrogen on δ15N

1.1.1. Comparison of organic vs. inorganic nitrogen

As outlined in the introduction, according to the literature of research performed in other crops, the source of N is the main factor determining the δ15N values observed in plant tissues (Kendall et al., 2007). To our knowledge, no experiment has evaluated this effect in grapevines under field or pot conditions. To determine the influence of nitrogen source on tissue δ15N in vines, a field experiment was established at a cv. Tempranillo vineyard in Traibuenas (Navarra, northern Spain). Vineyard characteristics are summarised in Table S1.

The experiment started in 2011, was maintained for four consecutive seasons, and consisted of two treatments, labelled as O (organic) and I (inorganic), which differed in the major source of nitrogen used for fertilisation. In the case of O, five t ha-1 of compost were incorporated into the alleys every January, whereas, for I, the equivalent amount of the N and K that compost added was incorporated through two fertigation events, two weeks before and two weeks after budburst, when N was added as ammonium nitrate. Table S2 includes the characteristics of the composts used each season. For all treatments, an additional base application of inorganic N was performed with a solid N–P–K fertiliser, equivalent to 30 kg ha-1 yr-1 N.

For each treatment, eight replicates formed by five complete rows were considered. All measurements and sampling were made in the central two rows, in 20 vines that were selected and marked at the beginning of the experiment based on their trunk cross-sectional area to reduce variability.

1.1.2. Influence of the dose of inorganic nitrogen

To discern if the amount of nitrogen applied could affect δ15N, a similar experiment was set up in a vineyard adjacent to that described in the previous subsection, its characteristics being summarised in Table S1. The experiment was carried out along four consecutive seasons (2011–2014) and included four treatments that consisted of the application of 0, 50, 100 and 200 kg of N ha-1 each season (named N0, N50, N100 and N200). For each treatment, five replicates of 40 consecutive vines were included, received different doses of nitrogen during four consecutive seasons, and measurements were made in 10 vines from each replicate that were selected and marked at the beginning of the experiment based on their trunk cross-sectional area.

1.2. Influence of the organ sampled on δ15N

Different vine organs have been used as the source of information in vineyards, and all the data on petioles, whole berries, and seeds was pooled along four consecutive seasons in the experiments detailed in the previous subsection.

To determine which sampling organ could be more suitable under experimental conditions, we used the complete data set from Experiments 1 and 2 to calculate the Discrimination Ratio (DR) for each organ. This approach has already been used successfully to compare the discriminating ability of water potential measurements in grapevines (Cole and Pagay, 2015; Santesteban et al., 2011, 2019) and follows the principles described in Levy et al. (1999) and Browning et al. (2004), that compare the variability observed within samples of the same treatment and the underlying variability between treatments. Briefly, the intrinsic (within) variability of each organ is the mean standard deviation (SD) of the measurements obtained from the different replicates (SDw) for each treatment, experiment and year. Then, the extrinsic (between) variability was estimated through the calculation SD of the mean values measured of the different treatments (SDb) in each experiment and year and was corrected using SDw to estimate the underlying SD (SDu) as indicated in Eq. 2, where SDu represents an unbiased estimate of the SD and k accounts for the number of replicates available. Finally, the DR was calculated as indicated in Eq. 3, and the DR was calculated for each organ compared by pairwise t-tests.

             SDuSDb2+SDw2k        [Eq. 2]

            DR SDuSDw             [Eq. 3]

Additionally, to compare the possible interest of dormant canes as a source of integrative information, two cv. Tempranillo vineyards on the same farm were selected in 2020, and three replicated field samples were collected at harvest for berries and in winter for the basal, mid, and upper parts of dormant canes.

1.3. Within vineyard variations in δ15N

To explore variations in nitrogen isotope ratio, samples obtained in two precision viticulture experiments performed by our team were analysed to determine δ15N. The data presented correspond to a cv. Tempranillo dry-farmed vineyard located in Leza (Basque Country, northern Spain) and to an irrigated cv. Tempranillo field in Traibuenas (Navarra, northern Spain). Field data were taken in the 2010 and 2011, as well as the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Vineyard characteristics are summarised in Table S1, and all details on the experiment layout are detailed, respectively, in Urretavizcaya et al. (2013) and Matese et al. (2019). Briefly, a grid of sampling points (SP) was established in each vineyard (60 SP in Leza and 92 in Traibuenas) following a square regular grid (30 m × 30 m in Leza, 25 × 25 m in Traibuenas). Each SP was made up of 10 vines located in two adjacent rows. Information on the altitude of the vineyards was extracted from the Digital Elevation Model repository of the Spanish National Center of Geographic Information (www.ign.es).

Plant measurements

In all experiments, agronomic evaluation was conducted following standard procedures. In short, as agronomic features, yield and its components were determined by counting and weighing all clusters produced in ten vines per replicate or sampling point. Berry composition was determined using two berry samples per replicate or sampling point. Samples were carried to the lab at low temperature (4–6 °C) for analysis, weighed to determine mean berry weight (BW), and a 100-berry subsample homogenised with an LMU 9018 American blender (Man, México) for 10 s at full speed. Part of this homogenate (100 g approx.) was filtered with a gauze tissue and used to measure total soluble solids (TSS) and pH. Yeast assimilable nitrogen (YAN) was determined using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and total anthocyanins and phenolics were measured following the Cromoenos® method using 200-berry subsamples. This method consists of a fast extraction of phenolics following a procedure and reagents provided by the Bioenos company (www.bioenos.com) and has been shown to predict wine colour and composition similarly or even better than other classical procedures (Kontoudakis et al., 2010).

In terms of the sampling used to determine nitrogen isotope composition, the same structure in the experiments designed to determine the influence of the source of nitrogen and the amount of inorganic nitrogen added was used (experiments 1.1. and 1.2. in methodology). At veraison, a 25-petiole sample was taken at each replicate to determine the N content and δ15N and, at harvest, two 50-berry samples per replicate were taken, one being used to determine δ15N in whole berries and the other to determine δ15N in seeds. In all cases, samples were oven-dried at 75 °C and ground to a fine powder prior to δ15N analysis. In the analyses performed to evaluate within-field variability (experiment described in point 1.3), 50 berry samples were taken at harvest from each SP. In the case of the vineyard in Leza, samples were oven-dried, ground to a fine powder, and then analysed, while those from Traibuenas vineyard were analysed using filtered and oven-dried must samples.

Carbon and nitrogen isotope ratio determinations were carried out using, for each biological replicate, three 2 mg technical subreplicates, using an Elemental analyser (NC2500, Carlo Erba, Reagents, Rodano, Italy) coupled to an Isotope Mass Spectrometer (Thermoquest Delta Plus, ThermoFinnigan, Bremen, Germany). Must samples were packed in tin capsules for conversion into CO2 and N2 in an elemental analyser (Carlo Erba CHNSO 1108) coupled to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Finnigan Mat Delta Plus). Both C and N isotope composition is reported in the delta (δ) notation, the standards being, respectively, the Vienna Peedee Belemnite (V-PDB) and the molecular nitrogen in air (Air-N2).

Data analysis

The statistical analysis to assess the differences among the treatments was carried out using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Upon establishing the statistical significance of the overall ANOVA, when appropriate, Duncan’s post hoc test was conducted at P < 0.05 to identify specific pairwise differences between treatment groups and the assumptions of ANOVA, including normality and homogeneity of variances, were assessed. Linear regression analysis was employed to assess the relationship between variables. Statistical analyses were performed using R statistical software (R Core Team, 2022). Spatial variability of isotope ratios was assessed using kriging, a geostatistical technique that interpolates and predicts values at unsampled locations based on the spatial autocorrelation of the observed data. The kriged maps were generated using QGIS software v.3.16.

Results and discussion

The results of the agronomic performance of the vineyards considered in this research are presented as supplementary material (Tables S3, S4 and S5). This information, although not central in this article discussion, can be useful to contextualise the results obtained and, therefore, is made available.

1. Influence of the source of nitrogen on δ15N

The source of N affected the δ15N content in the three organs considered (Figure 1), with samples from organically fertilised vines showing higher δ15N values in the four seasons. Differences were observed in petioles and seeds during the four years, whereas in whole berries, they were observed from the second season on. The results obtained agree with those observed for other species (Bateman and Kelly, 2007; Camin et al., 2011; Choi et al., 2002, 2017; Mie et al., 2022) since the main driver of δ15N is the nitrogen source due to the relatively lower magnitude of isotope discrimination for during absorption and assimilation of N (Durante et al., 2016; Paolini et al., 2016; Santesteban et al., 2015). In our case, δ15N of the compost used ranged between 7.5 and 9.1 ‰ depending on the year, whereas that of the inorganic fertiliser ranged from –0.8 to –0.2 ‰.

Figure 1. Effect of the source of nitrogen on δ15N content in (a) petioles, (b) whole berries and (c) seeds. White and black columns correspond, respectively, to inorganic and organic sources.

ns: not significant differences (P > 0.05); *, **, ***: significant differences with P-values < 0.05, < 0.01 and < 0.001, respectively.

The effect of the amount of inorganic nitrogen on δ15N was much smaller than that observed with compost application and led to a slight decrease in δ15N for those treatments where the N doses were higher during the first years of the experiment (Figure 2). The increasing amount of inorganic nitrogen available probably made plants less dependent on nitrogen organic sources, resulting, therefore, in lower δ15N values. Although the incidence of the amount of nitrogen added has been slight, it needs to be considered that, due to the low organic matter content of the soil of this vineyard (1 %), the amount of nitrogen of organic origin that may be available is really low. Nevertheless, in vineyards where soil organic matter content is higher, the impact of the addition of inorganic nitrogen on δ15N could be more relevant, as observed by Liu et al. (2013) in forest species.

Figure 2. Effect of the dose of inorganic nitrogen in the δ15N in (a) petioles, (b) whole berries and (c) seeds.

ns: not significant differences (P > 0.05); *, **, ***: significant differences with P-values < 0.05, < 0.01 and < 0.001, respectively. Columns with different letters correspond to groups defined according to Duncan’s post hoc test.

These results are, to the best of our knowledge, the first to establish a link between the modification of the potential sources of nitrogen and δ15N in grapevines and show that all the organs considered (petioles, whole berries, and seeds) can be used as sensitive indicators of the nitrogen source. The impact of different doses of inorganic was also detected, although, under these experimental conditions, variations were much smaller.

2. Influence of the organ measured

Nitrogen isotope ratios showed a consistent trend to be lower in petioles, followed by whole berries, the highest values being observed in seeds (Figure 3a). Similarly, when the δ15N values observed in dormant shoots were compared to those in berries in samples from two cv. Tempranillo fields located on the same farm, there is also a trend toward lower δ15N in the vegetative organs (Figure 3b) than in the berries. This trend to observe higher δ15N in fruits agrees with the observations of Pascual et al. (2013), who showed that fruit δ15N were ≈2 ‰ higher than in leaves. On the contrary, in rice, differences between organs were much smaller, and leaves exhibited higher δ15N values than grains, stems, and roots (Wang et al., 2022). Within the cane, we observed a slight trend to have higher δ15N values at the basal and mid sections than at the upper section (Figure 3b), this trend not being coincident with the observations of Spangenberg et al. (2021) for leaves sampled at those positions in the shoot.

The DR values obtained to compare the suitability of petioles, whole berries and seeds (Figure 3c) as the source of information on the source of the nitrogen used by the vines show that seeds were the most informative organ. The higher DR values indicate that seeds can significantly discriminate better between treatments. Seed nitrogen concentration is known to be greater than that in pulp (Bell and Henschke, 2005), and it could be hypothesised to be, as a consequence, more sensitive to changes in the nitrogen source. However, this statement needs to be confirmed under other experimental conditions that can certainly affect this behaviour. In any case, it is necessary to highlight that, provided the differences in δ15N among organs are a consequence of a complex interplay between uptake, losses, assimilation and translocation of nitrogen, their comparison could be used as an integrated metric for understanding better nitrogen fluxes, assimilation processes, and allocation dynamics within plant systems (Cui et al., 2020; Kalcsits et al., 2014).

Figure 3. Comparison of (a) δ15N in petioles, whole berries and seeds, (b) δ15N in berries and basal, mid and upper sections of dormant shoots and (c) of the Discrimination Ratio of petioles, whole berries and seeds.

The bars indicate standard error, and letters correspond to different groups as calculated with t-tests. Each experiment was evaluated separately, as denoted by differences in letter capitalisation.

3. Variations within field level

The results obtained show that there is a noticeable degree of variation in δ15N within a single field, this degree of variation ranging from - 8.0 ‰ to 6.4 ‰ in Leza and from 3.1 ‰ to 9.7 ‰ in Traibuenas. This range of variation is very relevant, similar to those reported by Stamatiadis et al. (2007), who reported δ15N values between 0.43 ‰ to 9.12 ‰ within a vineyard in Greece.

The nitrogen isotope ratio in both fields followed a structured pattern (i.e., the values are not randomly distributed), and the pattern observed in both years is stable, without notable changes from one year to another (Figure 4). When the observed patterns are compared to the elevation maps, a clear correspondence can be found, as δ15N tended to be lower in those parts of the fields at higher altitudes and vice versa (Figure 4). As altitude is associated with soil properties such as texture, horizon depth and organic matter, the effect observed is probably an indirect consequence of these changes.

Figure 4. Within field variability of altitude and nitrogen isotope ratio in berries sampled in Leza (a) altitude, (b) δ15N (‰) in 2010, (c) δ15N (‰) in 2011; and Trabuenas (d) altitude, (e) δ15N (‰) in 2014, (f) δ15N (‰) in 2015.

The trend observed agrees with that observed by Stamatiadis et al. (2007) in one of the two vineyards included in their research, where leaf δ15N values were lower in the upland positions. However, these authors found an opposite trend in the other field they mapped for this variable, showing that the interpretation of spatial and temporal differences in δ15N may be complex. Similarly, Santesteban et al. (2014), when comparing δ15N values in berries sampled in three vineyards at a single location during five consecutive seasons, reported consistent differences between vineyards; the grave soil always resulting in the highest δ15N values, probably as a consequence of increased N leakage in spring. The differences between years were less than those observed between vineyards and were attributed to differences in the soil mineralisation dynamics in spring.

To evaluate if variations could be indirectly associated with plant water status, as δ15N has been observed to react to water status in Switzerland (Spangenberg and Zufferey, 2018), we compared δ15N and δ13C both seasons through regression analysis (Figure 5). The regression coefficients confirmed that there is a strong stability in δ15N values between years (R2LEZA = 0.68, R2TRAIBUENAS = 0.70, Figure 5a), which was similarly observed for plant water status estimated with δ13C (R2LEZA = 0.64, R2TRAIBUENAS = 0.61, Figure 5b). However, when isotope ratios are compared with each other, the correlation coefficients are very low, though statistically significant in two of the four vineyard-year combinations (R2LEZA#1- = 0.04, R2LEZA#2- = 0.24, R2TRAIBUENAS#1 = 0.01; R2TRAIBUENAS#2 = 0.08, Figure 5c,d). These relationships, although weak, occur in the same direction, the greater δ15N being associated with higher δ13C, i.e. to greater water stress conditions, the opposite reported in (Spangenberg et al., 2020; Spangenberg and Zufferey, 2018) in Switzerland. However, it's important to note that the magnitude of water status variations in our study is moderate. In contrast, the aforementioned research induced differences in water status through differential irrigation. As a result, these findings should be interpreted cautiously.

Figure 5. Comparison of (a) δ15N values observed in berries at the sampling points in the two seasons within each vineyard, (b) δ13C values observed at the sampling points in the two seasons within each vineyard, and of the values of δ15N vs δ13C each year in (c) Leza and (d) Traibuenas.

4. Final remarks

The complexity of the sources of variation in the δ15N of plant tissues and relationships makes clear that straightforward interpretations may not capture the full picture. However, incorporating this information into research in viticulture, especially eco-physiological and agronomic studies involving cover crops, varied fertilisation strategies, and different levels of water stress, could provide valuable insights. It is particularly relevant that, as suggested by Spangenberg and Zufferey (2023), one uses a dual isotope approach that considers and interrelates δ13C and δ15N. The coupling of δ13C and δ15N would be useful in this context to understand soil organic matter sources and carbon and nitrogen cycling under various land management practices (Park et al., 2023).

At this stage, more experiments are needed to fully understand the potential applications of δ15N information in viticulture. Therefore, additional collaborative efforts are needed to build a comprehensive database on this parameter.

Acknowledgements

This article includes work funded by several Navarrese regional (MODELVID, Ref: IIM11879.RI.1, VITICS, Ref: IIM14244.RI1) and Spanish National projects (CDTI-IDI-20100729, WANUGRAPE AGL2017-83738-C32 and UPGRAPE PID2021-123305OB-C32), co-funded by the European Union ERDF and European Union NextGeneration EU/PRTR. The authors also want to thank Bodegas Ochoa and Luis Cañas wineries owners and technical staff of the vineyards where experiments were made for their kindness and interest, as well as to the all the staff in SAI, Universidade da Coruña, for their implication in isotope analysis.

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Luis Gonzaga Santesteban

gonzaga.santesteban@unavarra.es

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006 - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB-UPNA), Public University of Navarre, Campus Arrosadia, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain

Biography :

Luis Gonzaga Santesteban has a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the Public University of Navarra (Spain), where he currently works in the Advanced Fruit and Grapevine Growing research team and as Deputy Director of the Agricultural Production Department. He is President of the Spanish Group on Viticulture of the Spanish Society of Horticultural Sciences, and coordinator of RedVitis network, a structure funded by the Spanish Government aiming at improving coordination among Spanish researchers in Viticulture.

Gonzaga started his activity in viticulture working on grapevine water relations, although at this point his research scope includes also other aspects of grape growing such as canopy management and fertilization, precision viticulture, proximal sensing and genetic diversity. Most of his work raises from side-to-side collaboration with wineries and winegrowers, combining the pursuit of new knowledge and field implementation of current developments.


Maite Loidi

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain


Inés Urretavizcaya

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain


Mónica Galar

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006 - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB-UPNA), Public University of Navarre, Campus Arrosadia, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain


Sara Crespo-Martínez

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006 - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB-UPNA), Public University of Navarre, Campus Arrosadia, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain


José Bernardo Royo

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain


Carlos Miranda

Affiliation : Dept. of Agronomy, Biotechnology and Food Science, Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Campus Arrosadia, Navarra, Pamplona, 31006 - Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Applied Biology (IMAB-UPNA), Public University of Navarre, Campus Arrosadia, Pamplona, 31006

Country : Spain

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