Grapevine Pathology with Dr. Shunping Ding


Dr. Shunping Ding is an assistant professor in the Wine and Viticulture and Horticulture and Crop Science departments at CalPoly. She has three main projects that she focuses her time on, including identifying and treating trunk disease, powdery mildew disease, and how fungicides can lose their efficacy over pathogens. Dr. Ding keeps sustainable agricultural practices in mind when conducting research.

She gained interest in pursuing plant pathology as a child due to her plant ecologist father’s work in the forest in China. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Henan University, China, a Master of Philosophy in Microbiology from The University of Hong Kong, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Ding has four published research papers in peer-reviewed publications. Through her three main research projects, she emphasizes and supports the ultimate practices of sustainable agriculture.

You can see the photo essay on Dr. Ding here.

Created by Ben Shinkwin, Beka Dunaway, and Felipe Vallejo, students at CalPoly for the Streaming Science project at the University of Florida, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

You can see more from the Streaming Science project here.