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Wenping Qiu - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Wenping Qiu Wenping Qiu

Clif & Gail Smart Professor and Director, Center for Grapevine Biotechnology, William H. Darr School of Agriculture | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Qiu's research focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of disease resistance in grapevines.






Dr. Wenping Qiu: Academic Spotlight Getting the Juicy Details



Dr. Wenping Qiu's research focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of disease resistance in grapevines, and identifying viruses and prevention of virus diseases that cause significant losses to grape industries.

His professional interests are genomics and functional genomics of grapevine, virus diseases, virus testing and generation of virus-tested grapevines.

Industry Expertise (3)

Biotechnology Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (7)

Grapevine Vein Clearing Virus Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Technology Powdery Mildew Grapes Agriculture Genomics Virology

Accomplishments (5)

Professor Salary Incentive Program Award (professional)

Missouri State University

Catalyst Award, ALOT (professional)

State of Missouri

Clif & Gail Smart Endowed Professorship (professional)

Missouri State University

One of the 100 Talents (professional)

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China

University Award for Excellence in Research (professional)

Missouri State University

Education (3)

North Carolina State University: Ph.D., Plant Pathology/Biotechnology 1997

Chinese Academy of Science: M.S., Virology 1988

Henan Teacher’s University: B.S., Biology 1985

Affiliations (1)

  • Associate Editor, Phytopathology, 2017-2020

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Mandarin

Media Appearances (2)

Ozarks Wine, Other Products Available at MSU-Mountain Grove

KSMU  radio


Research taking place at Missouri State University’s Mountain Grove campus is helping commercial vineyards.

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Researchers Discover First Grape DNA Virus, Sequence N. American Grape Genome

KSMU  radio


In Mountain Grove, on the north side of US Highway 60, the grapevines are just beginning to bear this season’s harvest. As Jennifer Moore reports, the scientists growing these grapes have just made two breakthroughs in their field.

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Minds-Eye (1)

Getting the juicy details

When you pop a grape into your mouth, you probably aren’t thinking about the DNA of the plant. You’re thinking about the flavor, color and juiciness. But if you grow grapes and begin to see a decline in the quantity or quality, you might need to investigate what is going on at the cellular level. When a Missouri vineyard manager contacted Dr. Wenping Qiu in 2004 to express concerns about a disease plaguing his vineyard, Qiu speculated the decline was caused by a virus.

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Articles (8)

Assembly and analysis of the chloroplast genome of the North American hybrid grape ‘Norton’ Vitis


'Norton' is a hybrid grape cultivar of North American Vitis aestivalis. In this report, the whole chloroplast (cp) genome was assembled and analyzed.

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Viral small RNAs reveal the genomic variations of three grapevine vein clearing virus quasispecies populations Virus Research


Viral small RNAs (vsRNAs) include viral small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) that are initiators and products of RNA silencing, and small RNAs that are derived from viral RNAs with function still unknown. Sequencing of vsRNAs allows assembling of viral genomes and revelation of viral population variations at genomic levels.

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Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of Grapevine vein clearing virus from Wild Vitis rupestris Phytopathology


Grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV), a new member of the genus Badnavirus in the family Caulimoviridae, is associated with a vein clearing and vine decline disease that severely affects grape production and berry quality in commercial vineyards in the Midwest region of the United States. In this paper, the genetic and phenotypic characteristics of GVCV-VRU1 and GVCV-VRU2, two isolates from wild Vitis rupestris grapevines in their native habitat, are described.

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Current understanding of grapevine defense mechanisms against the biotrophic fungus (Erysiphe necator), the causal agent of powdery mildew disease Horticulture Research


The most economically important disease of cultivated grapevines worldwide is powdery mildew (PM) caused by the ascomycete fungus Erysiphe necator...

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Functions of EDS1-like and PAD4 genes in grapevine defenses against powdery mildew Plant Molecular Biology


The molecular interactions between grapevine and the obligate biotrophic fungus Erysiphe necator are not understood in depth. One reason for this is the recalcitrance of grapevine to genetic modifications...

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Genetic Diversity and Tissue and Host Specificity of Grapevine vein clearing virus Phytopathology


Grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV) is a new badnavirus in the family Caulimoviridae that is closely associated with an emerging vein-clearing and vine decline disease in the Midwest region of the United States...

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Transcriptional expression of Stilbene synthase genes are regulated developmentally and differentially in response to powdery mildew in Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine Plant Science


Stilbenic compounds are natural phytoalexins that have antimicrobial activities in plant defense against pathogens. Stilbene synthase (STS) is the key enzyme that catalyzes the biosynthesis of stilbenic compounds...

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Small RNA profiling of virus-infected grapevines: evidences for virus infection-associated and variety-specific miRNAs Functional & Integrative Genomics


Grapevine is one of the economically and culturally important perennial fruit crops. More than 60 viruses infect grapevines and adversely affect their growth and development...

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