Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Viticulture
Michela  Centinari, Ph.D.
218 Tyson Building
University Park , PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-867-0514

Areas of Expertise

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


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

Selected publications:

  • Centinari M, Gardner DM, Smith DE, Smith MS. (accepted). 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. 
  • Homich LJ, Elias RJ, Vanden Heuvel JE, Centinari M. (accepted). The impact of fruit-zone leaf removal on rotundone concentration in Noiret. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.
  • 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.

Research Interests

Small Fruit