VIT301 Vine Physiology (8)

To apply vine physiology in a practical situation requires a basic knowledge and understanding of the grapevine and the ability to evaluate what is happening in the vineyard at any particular time.

The topics covered in this subject provide a comprehensive review of the vegetative and reproductive anatomy and developmental physiology of the vine. Each topic includes a list of objectives, a brief introduction, a series of learning exercises, and a few selected readings.

This is a resource based subject. Some reading materials are provided, but it is expected that students will seek out additional sources of information on their own (or with minimal guidance from the subject coordinator). Students will be expected to access text books and on-line resources through the library.

It is a constructive subject, not a transmitted one. Students are expected to learn rather than to be taught. The learning exercises are an essential part of this process. Students will need to spend some time in the vineyard to complete these exercises and they will be assessed throughout the session.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences


( PSC214 or PSC215 ) and ( VIT201 or VIT211 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the vegetative and reproductive anatomy of the grapevine;
  • Be able to discuss the developmental physiology of the vegetative grapevine;
  • Be able to discuss the developmental physiology of flowering and fruiting in the grapevine.


This subject will cover the following topics:

* The shoot system; * The root system; * Grapevine leaves; * Anatomical aspects of grapevine propagation; * Carbohydrate production of the vine; * Carbohydrate utilisation; * Vine growth; * Reserves of the grapevine; * Regulation of flowering in grapevines; * Fruit growth and its regulation; * Fruit quality; * Environmental control of fruit growth and composition.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.