Measuring Water Use Efficiency in Grapevines

  • Hipólito Medrano
  • J. Flexas
  • M. Ribas-Carbó
  • J. Gulías


Viticulture is strongly conditioned by water availability in many areas and this limitation increases according to climatic change predictions. Maximizing grape water use efficiency (WUE) has become a key objective in management practices as well as a target for new environmental friendly cultivars. The goals of this chapter are to define the different spatial and temporal scales at which WUE can be measured and to describe the presently available methodologies to perform these determinations. Three different levels of WUE are distinguished: Vineyard or Crop (WUEc), Plant (WUEp) and Leaf (WUEl). The meaningful of the different WUE parameters depends on the objective of the study and the methodology used. Positive and negative implications of the available methodologies to measure or estimate WUE at the different spatial and temporal scales are discussed, as well as the existing relationships between these different parameters to estimate WUE.


Vapor Pressure Deficit Eddy Covariance Carbon Isotope Fractionation Climatic Change Prediction Ratio Energy Balance 
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Leaf net photosynthesis


Instantaneous leaf water use efficiency


Intrinsic leaf water use efficiency


CO2 concentration in the atmosphere


CO2 concentration at the substomatal cavity


13C discrimination


Leaf transpiration


Water vapor pressure at the substomatal cavity


Water vapor pressure in the atmosphere


Stomatal conductance


Total plant dry matter


Total plant water consumption


Vapor pressure deficit


Water use efficiency


Vineyard or Crop water use efficiency


Plant water use efficiency


Leaf water use efficiency



The authors wish to acknowledge funding provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Research (AGL2008-04525-CO2-01/AGR).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hipólito Medrano
    • 1
  • J. Flexas
    • 1
  • M. Ribas-Carbó
    • 1
  • J. Gulías
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Grup de Recerca de Biologia de les Plantes en condicions MediterràniesUniversitat de les Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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