Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Viticulture
218 Tyson Building
University Park , PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Wine grape production
  • Grapevine physiology
  • cover crops
  • cold temperature stress


  • Post-doctoral Research, Cornell University, Department of Horticulture, 2010-2013.
  • Ph.D., Viticulture, 2008, University of Bologna (Italy)
  • B.S., Horticulture, 2003, University of Bologna (Italy)

Selected publications

  • Harner, A.D., Vanden Heuvel J.E., Marini R., Elias R.J., and Centinari M. (2019). Modeling the impacts of weather and cultural factors on rotundone concentration in cool-climate Noiret wine grapes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10:1255.
  • Smith M.S. and Centinari M. (2019). Young grapevines exhibit interspecific differences in hydraulic response to freeze stress but not in recovery. Planta  250, 495-505.
  • Fleishman S.M., Eissenstat D.M., and Centinari M. (2019). Rootstock vigor shifts aboveground response to groundcover competition in young grapevines. Plant and Soil, 440, 151-165.
  • Smith M.S. and Centinari M. (2019). Impacts of early leaf removal and cluster thinning on Grüner Veltliner production, fruit composition, and vine health. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 70, 308-317.
  • Hed B and Centinari M. (2018). Hand and mechanical fruit-zone leaf removal at prebloom and fruit set was more effective in reducing crop yield than reducing bunch rot in 'Riesling' grapevines. HortTechnolgy 28, 296–303.
  • Centinari M, Gardner DM, Smith DE, Smith MS. (2018). Impact of Amigo oil and KDL on grapevine post-bud burst freeze damage, yield components, fruit and wine composition. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 69, 77-88. 
  • Homich LJ, Elias RJ, Vanden Heuvel JE, Centinari M. (2017). The impact of fruit-zone leaf removal on rotundone concentration in Noiret. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 68, 447–457.
  • Centinari M., Smith M.S., Londo J.P. 2016. Assessment of freeze injury of grapevine green tissues in response to cultivars and a cryoprotectant product. HortScience 51, 856-860.
  • Centinari M, Kelley K, Hed B, Miller A, Patel-Campillo A. 2016. Assessing Pennsylvania wine grape growers' challenges and needs. Journal of Extension 54, 1-7.
  • Klodd A, Eissenstat  DM, Wolf TK, Centinari M. 2016. Coping with cover crop competition in mature grapevines. Plant and Soil 1, 391-400.
  • Centinari M., Vanden Heuvel J.E., Goebel M., Smith M. and BauerleT.L. (2016). Root-zone management practices impact above and belowground growth in Cabernet Franc grapevines . Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 1, 137-148.
  • Bauerle TL, Centinari M. 2014. Assessment of root system development among four ornamental tree species through time via x-ray computed tomography. HortScience 49, 44-50.
  • Centinari M, Filippetti I, Bauerle TL, Allegro G, Valentini G, Poni S. 2013. Cover Crop water use in relation to vineyard floor management practices. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 64, 522-526.
  • Centinari M, Poni S, Intrigliolo DS, Dragoni D, Lakso AN. 2012. Cover crop evapotranspiration in a northeastern US Concord (Vitis labruscana) vineyard. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 18, 73-79.
  • Bauerle TL, Centinari M, Bauerle WL. 2011. Shifts in xylem vessel diameter and embolisms in grafted apple trees of differing rootstock growth potential in response to drought. Planta 234, 1045-1054.
  • Centinari M, Poni S, Filippetti I, Magnanini E, Intrieri C. 2009. Evaluation of an open portable chamber system for measuring cover crop water use in a vineyard and comparison with a mini-lysimeter approach. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 149, 1975-1982.
  • Intrigliolo DS, Lakso AN, Centinari M. 2009. Testing the shoot autonomy theory in Vitis labruscana cv. Concord. Vitis 48 (1), 1-5.
  • Intrieri C., Filippetti I., Allegro G., Centinari M. and Poni S. (2008). Early defoliation (hand versus mechanical) for improved crop control and grape composition in Sangiovese (Vitis vinifera L.). Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 14 (1), 25-32.
  • Filippetti I., Intrieri C., Centinari M., Bucchetti B. and Pastore C. (2005). Molecular characterization of officially registered Sangiovese clones and of other Sangiovese-like biotypes in Tuscany, Corsica and Emilia-Romagna. Vitis 44 (4),167-172.