The initial phase of the CrackSense project has been started in Lachish, a central region of Israel, conducted by the Volcani Institute in collaboration with Tali Grapes. The experiments comprise of an array of proximal and remote sensing techniques to tackle the prevailing issue of fruit cracking in table grapes of the Vitis vinifera variety, specifically the SunWorld cultivar.
Diverse vineyards have been selected to cover a wide range of variables, including history of cracking incidents, distinct climatic conditions, soil types, slopes, and vine age. Assessments will be conducted to ascertain the incidence of fruit cracking, sour rotting, fruit size, composition, yield, and the impact of different irrigation methods. Moreover, the manipulation of skin integrity and the effects of various mineral nutrition regimens will be examined.