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Chuansheng Mei, PhD
Senior Scientist
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Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

My research program focuses on discovery of beneficial bacterial endophytes isolated from plants grown in various environmental conditions by characterizing their abilities to promote plant growth, to solubilize phosphate, to fix atmosphere nitrogen, and to produce siderophore, and testing antibacterial and antifungal activities.  Ultimate goal is to develop low input and sustainable agricultural production systems utilizing beneficial bacterial endophytes, particularly on marginal lands and poor soil. Additionally, we also work on bioremediation with plants and beneficial endophytes for reclamation of sites contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). 


Current Research Projects:

  • Isolate bacterial endophytes from plants grown in various environmental conditions
  • Characterize bacterial ability to improve plant growth performance and enhance biotic and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Work on VDACS grant and the SOVA Vineyard Development and Expansion Program for improvement of grapevine growth performance and cold tolerance using bacterial endophytes
  • Reclamate sites contaminated with PCBs and PAHs using bioremediation with both plants and beneficial bacterial endophytes
  • Improve tall fescue growth performance and reduce alkaloid (ergovaline) toxicity produced by fungal endophytes with beneficial bacterial endophytes 


Poster presentation in American Phytopathology Society annual meeting in Tampa, Florida,  July 30-August 3, 2016.



Grants and Patents



Endophyte Research

Endophyte Research

Institute scientists are building a library of endophytes to explore a promising new field of study....

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Chuansheng Mei, PhD - Publications

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Chuansheng Mei, PhD - Patents

Research Grant Awards

PI: USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: $39,798. Beneficial Bacterial Endophytes Improve Grape Vine Growth and Cold Tolerance to Strengthen the Virginia Wine Industry. October 2014-September 2017.

PI: Town of Altavista: PCB Remediation with Switchgrass and Bacterial Endophytes: Contract Research $36,000. December 2015 – August 2016.

PI: DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: $734,000. Development of a Low Input and Sustainable Switchgrass Feedstock Production System Utilizing Beneficial Bacterial Endophytes. 8/1/2010 – 7/31/2014 with one year No Cost Extension (http://genomicscience.energy.gov/research/ DOEUSDA/2010awards.shtml).