Dr. Wenping Qiu


Schl of Agri Sciences and Conservation
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Schl of Agri Sciences and Conservation
9740 Red Spring Road
Mountain Grove, MO 65711


Dr. Wenping Qiu is research professor in the Darr College of Agriculture at Missouri State University. He directs the Midwest Center of National Clean Plant Network-Grapevine that provides virus-tested clean grapevines and services of testing viruses. His research group focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of disease resistance in grapevines and finding effective strategies for preventing and managing diseases that cause significant losses to the grape industry.

His team discovered the first DNA virus, grapevine vein clearing virus (GVCV), on grapevine, unveiled natural reservoirs of GVCV, found insect vector of spreading GVCV, and reported that ‘Norton’ and ‘Chambourcin’ grapevines are resistant against GVCV. His team found that ‘Norton’ grapevine resists grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1 (GLRaV-1), suppresses GLRaV-2, GLRaV-3, and grapevine virus A, but supports grapevine fleck virus. His team evaluated Norton-Cabernet Sauvignon hybrids and bred a new grape cultivar for making wine. Qiu has mentored many students over the years, training them in plant science and biotechnology along with transferrable skills necessary for a successful career.



  • PhD, Plant Pathology/Biotechnology, 1997, North Carolina State University         
  • MS, Virology, 1988, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Science
  • BS, Biology, 1985, Henan Teacher’s University, P. R. China


  • Advances in Plant Science
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Colloquium in Plant Science

Professional experience


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Grapevine 

Research and professional interests

My research focuses on understanding the molecular and genetic basis of disease resistance in grapevines and on identifying viruses and prevention of virus diseases that cause significant losses to grape industries. My professional interests are genomics and functional genomics of grapevine, virus diseases, virus testing and generation of virus-tested grapevines.

Awards and honors

  • MSU Foundation Award in Research, 2020
  • Clif & Gail Smart Endowed Professorship, Missouri State University, 2012-2019
  • Professor Salary Incentive Program Award, Missouri State University, 2016
  • One of the 100 Talents, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, 2010
  • Excellence in Research Award, Missouri State University, 2006
  • Excellence in Research Award, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Missouri State University, 2003
  • Nusbaum Scholar Award for Outstanding Research, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, 1998

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Areas of Expertise


Media Appearances

Poignant, with a touch of virus: Grapes, Their Enemies, and MSU Research

Grapevine expert Dr. Wenping Qiu discusses grapes and viruses.

Ozarks Wine, Other Products Available at MSU-Mountain Grove

Grapevine expert Dr. Wenping Qiu shares about his discovery of the first DNA virus ever reported in grapevines.

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

Grapevine expert Dr. Wenping Qiu talks about the sequencing of the Norton grape's genome.


Getting the Juicy Details