The fight against climate change in the vineyard begins underground


It has become clear that climate change will affect all aspects of Earth’s agriculture, but for viticulture, its effects can be devastating and difficult to overcome. All of the winemakers I have spoken to, many of whom have been interviewed in this newsletter, fear the consequences, although few have any idea of ​​the speed or severity of these effects on their terroir.

Sustainability has become a requirement in vineyards, but because the soil itself is weathered by climate change, there is a new emphasis on this aspect of viticulture. A Burgundian winemaker who welcomes more sun and heat to this part of France told me he had no idea how if the soil temperature rises by a single degree it could kill bacteria which help make Burgundy Pinot Noir unique.

The battle is now being played out in the vineyards, so I interviewed CEO Marc Fleishhacker (at the bottom right) and Marco Poggianella (at the bottom left) from Resonant Technology, which uses new natural fertilizers that can work at much lower rates than the same material. The goal of Resonant’s products is not to deliver compounds directly to plants, but to trigger a microbial response in the soil so that plants can be more efficient at absorbing any source of nutrients, resulting in higher vigor. but also higher quality and quantity. Manufacturing.

Describe in simple terms what resonant technology is.

These products are natural fertilizers that can work at a much lower dosage than the same material without the processing step. The goal of Resonant products is not to deliver compounds directly to plants, but to trigger a microbial response in the soil so that plants can be more efficient at absorbing any source of nutrients, resulting in greater vigor, but also better quality and quantity of production.

Resonant Technology distributes powerful agricultural solutions that create tangible and immediate environmental benefits while greatly benefiting the economy of the farmer. Through the use of resonant technology, many crops and plants, including vines, are better able to adapt to climate change while reducing the impact of agricultural activities on the environment and climate.

What are the current effects of global warming conditions, such as water stress and heat stress, and severe weather events such as severe frosts, heat spikes and hailstorms?

When traditional weather conditions are disrupted, not only does it bring hotter summers with extreme heat spikes, but it also potentially leads to more severe periods in winter, including unpredictable frosts. The usual patterns of precipitation have also changed: where a certain amount of rain fell throughout the season, precipitation is now concentrated in scattered, brief but powerful times. In this context, poor soil will aggravate the problem. Indeed, the loss of organic matter in soils is directly linked to their capacity to retain water, extreme rains leading to large mudslides that we see too frequently in spring and summer.

Why is it necessary to reduce synthetic fertilizers for corn, soybeans, grains, wheat, potatoes, rice, etc. and methane emissions in livestock, and how does RT help solve this problem?

The transformation of nutrients, whether in the soil or in the stomachs of cattle, is made possible by several microbial processes that create simpler compounds that plants and animals can take advantage of. The resonance products decrease or inhibit these microbial activities and convert these compounds into gases, such as nitrous oxide or methane, which are unnecessary for plants and animals. We aim to reduce synthetic fertilization by 30% in the first year of application, or reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions from ruminants by 50%.

Who founded the company? You say Resonant Technology is a private company owned by Poggianella and Fleishhacker “who are currently vetting and selecting additional investors to fuel global expansion”. But are you not now incorporated?

Marco Poggianella founded the company and has dedicated his career to incubating, developing and testing dozens of solutions for different types of crops and animals, from grapevines to corn, and cows to pigs. The technology was developed in Italy, where the first customer base was established. Resonant is now looking to expand the distribution of these solutions around the world, hire new people, and invest in marketing.

The prototypes date back to seven years ago. Was it difficult to make the technology work?

The technology for which Resonant-SOP Inside was considered a solution for the vine has already been successfully tested in other crops. This arduous process has been spent studying many different soils in several climatic zones with different varietals to ensure that the products are hardy enough to deliver consistent results across the world, from Napa Valley to Tuscany and the United States. -of the.

Who were the first investors? Were the banks reluctant? How much have you invested and how much more will you need?

The company has never had outside investors and has always been self-financing. We now seek to achieve a valuation commensurate with the effectiveness and scope of the solutions we have developed over the years.

What did Willi Stürz of Tramin Winery and Andrea Moser of Kaltern Cellar do?

Willi Stürz of Tramin Winery and Andrea Moser of Kaltern Cellar have decided to apply Resonant-SOP Inside solutions to their vineyards to improve the resilience of plants to climatic events. The products are applied twice per season, in two critical phenological states, at bud break and at flowering. They are two of the best premium wine producers in Italy and are wonderful testimonials to our success.

What is a “biome” and how does RT work?

The microbiome refers to all the families of microorganisms that live in a specific environment and are responsible for several crucial processes on which their ecosystems rely. RT-SOP Inside solutions are all created with proprietary technology that allows them to guide these processes and make them more efficient, with economic benefits for farmers.

Do you believe that the wine industry is really committed to the environment or is it using outdated methods to get results?

The wine industry has been defined as the “canary in the coal mine” of agriculture, due to the vines’ extreme sensitivity to climatic conditions. The notion of terroir is strictly linked to climatic regimes, and their variations ultimately influence the quality of the final product. This is why winegrowers are very sensitive to these subjects and are looking for concrete solutions to help their plants adapt to climate change. At the end of the day, they are still operating business operations, so they have to strike a balance between profit and protecting the environment. This is exactly the link where the Resonant-SOP Inside solutions can be found.

If the world as a whole does not make a strong commitment to the environment, what will be the short and long term effects on the vineyards and the wine industry?

A dramatic change in average temperature or rainfall patterns is already influencing vine productivity in many regions to the point of making it potentially unsuitable for growing certain grape varieties.

These products are natural fertilizers that can work at a much lower dosage than the same material without the processing step. The goal of Resonant products is not to deliver compounds directly to plants, but to trigger a microbial response in the soil so that plants can be more efficient at absorbing any source of nutrients, resulting in greater vigor, but also better quality and quantity of production.


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