Natalia Caliani

Natalia Caliani

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences


Currently working on the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production project "Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes" under the supervision of Dr. Krista Sumby, Dr. Joanna Sundstrom and Professor Vladimir Jiranek.

The growing interest for more interesting and innovating wine has led us to investigate wild yeast populations found on grape surfaces. These species known as non-Saccharomyces, seem very promising as they can contribute to improve aromas and global perception of wine. However there are still many things we do not know about these species and this project aims to investigate how they might be used to benefit the wine industry. We’d like to understand how sensitive they are to ethanol and SO2 because that is going to tell us how likely they are to survive during alcohol fermentation, and from that point deduce fermentation techniques as successive inoculations or co-inoculations to obtain better results while exploiting their potential. Their sensitivity to fungicides is also important, especially to help growers better choose the products that have the lesser effects on them, and thus improve ferments diversity and health. Nitrogen nutrition is a key aspect of fermentation kinetics, so understanding non-Saccharomyces needs will contribute in establishing supplementation schemes in order to maximise their secondary metabolites production and resilience. Communities’ evolution will be evaluated during different seasons to understand what type of relationships occur between communities, and how of them thrive and establish while other disappear.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 PhD in Agriculture Science The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Technical/Commercial Representative Snap-on (United States)
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish - Latin American Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2019 University of Western Australia Australia MSc in Agriculture Science (with Honors)
    2007 - 2015 National University of the Littoral Argentina BSc (Hons) in Agriculture Science
  • Research Interests

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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 Prieto, J., Aliquó, G., Fanzone, M., Sari, S., Caliani, N., Girard, J., . . . Pérez Peña, J. (2017). Characterization of different South American varieties: yield, berry maturation and wine composition. Poster session presented at the meeting of XX Giesco International Meeting. Mendoza, Argentina.
    2014 Aliquó, G., Torres, R., Hualpa, J., Fanzone, M., Sari, S., Caliani, N., . . . Prieto, J. (2014). Identification of native grapevine varieties at the ampelographic collection from INTA EEA Mendoza. Poster session presented at the meeting of 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine. Mendoza, Argentina.
    2014 Aliquó, G., Torres, R., Hualpa, J., Fanzone, M., Sari, S., Caliani, N., . . . Prieto, J. (2014). Identification of native grapevine varieties at the ampelographic collection from INTA EEA Mendoza. Poster session presented at the meeting of 37th World Congress of Vine and Wine. Mendoza, Argentina.
    2014 Aliquó, G., Caliani, N. S., Fanzone, M., Sari, S., Hualpa, J., Torres, R., . . . Prieto, J. (2014). Wine growing and oenological characterization of non-traditional grapevine varieties (Vitis vinifera L.).. Poster session presented at the meeting of II Simposio Argentino de Viticultura y Enología (SAVE). San Juan, Argentina.
    2013 Caliani, N. S., Aliquó, G., Fanzone, M., Sari, S., Hualpa, J., Torres, R., . . . Prieto, J. (2013). Wine growing and oenological characterization of non-traditional grapevine varieties (Vitis vinifera L.). Poster session presented at the meeting of XIV Congreso Latinoamericano de Viticultura y Enología. Tarija, Bolivia.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2019 Caliani, N. S. (2019). Soil physics, chemistry and the vineyard’s microbiome as drivers of Shiraz wine quality in After Hours Wines, North Jindong (Western Australia). (Master's Thesis).
    2015 Caliani, N. S. (2015). Agronomical, œnological and chemical characterization of non-traditional grapevine varieties (Vitis vinifera L.). (Undergraduate Dissertation, National University of the Littoral).
    2015 Caliani, N. S. (2015). Remote sensing application as a tool for identifying and following vineyards with soil salinity problems in Sérignan (France). (Undergraduate Dissertation, Montpellier SupAgro / National University of the Littoral).
  • ARFITEC RAFFIA Scholarship 2014-2015. Program between the Argentinian and French Government for Agronomists and Veterinarians. 
  • Bec.Ar Scholarship 2017-2019. Masters Degree Programs in Australia for Argentinian professionals. 
  • ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production  Scholarship, commencing in April 2020. This scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council, Industrial Transformation Research Program (IC170100008) and the University of Adelaide.

 


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