Fuchs received his Master’s and PhD degrees from Université Louis Pasteur in France. He has worked on viruses of fruit crops and vegetables over the past 30 years, developing detection techniques, understanding spread, and investigating management strategies.
My program emphasizes translational research on virus diseases of vegetable and fruit crops. Primary goals are to determine the genetic variability of virus populations for advancing our understanding of virus spread, and to study interactions between viruses, vectors, and plant hosts with the aims of developing robust detection methodologies, and implementing innovative approaches for crop improvement.
Outreach and Extension Focus
The extension component of my program focuses on the (i) identification of virus diseases of vegetable and fruit crops, in particular emerging diseases, (iii) dissemination of information on the biology and ecology of viral diseases to extension educators, growers, regulators, horticulture inspectors, and agriculture service providers. Efforts are also directed to a grape certification program and service activities for assisting the management of virus diseases of vegetable and fruit crops.
I am teaching PLPA 8900 - Master’s-Level Thesis Research - and PLPA 9900 - Doctoral-Level Thesis Research -, and guest lecturing in PLPA3010, PLPA4010, PLPA4200 and PLBR4030.
Awards and Honors
- Research award (2016) New York Wine and Grape Foundation
- Osterbaan, L. J., Jiyeong Choi, J., Flasco, M., Vigne, E., Schmitt-Keichinger, C., Rebelo, A. R., Cilia, M., & Fuchs, M. F. (2019). The identity of a single residue of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of grapevine fanleaf virus modulates vein clearing symptoms in Nicotiana benthamiana. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.
- Cieniewicz, E., Thompson, J. R., McLane, H., Perry, K. L., Dangl, G. S., Corbett, Q., Martinson, T., Wise, A., Wallis, A., O’Connell, J., Dunst, R., Cox, K., & Fuchs, M. F. (2018). Prevalence and Genetic Diversity of Grabloviruses in Free-Living Vitis spp. Plant Disease. 102:2308-2316.
- Yepes, L. M., Cieniewicz, E., Krenz, B., McLane, H., Thompson, J. R., Perry , K. L., & Fuchs, M. F. (2018). Causative Role of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Red Blotch Disease. Phytopathology. 108:902-909.
- Martin, I., Vigne, E., Berthold, F., Komar, V., Lemaire, O., Fuchs, M. F., & Schmitt-Keichinger, C. (2018). The 50 distal amino acids of the 2AHP homing protein of Grapevine fanleaf virus elicit a hypersensitive reaction on Nicotiana occidentalis. Molecular Plant Pathology. 19:731–743.
- Cieniewicz, E. J., Pethybridge, S., Loeb, G. M., Perry, K., & Fuchs, M. F. (2018). Insights Into the Ecology of Grapevine red blotch virus in a Diseased Vineyard. Phytopathology. 108:94-102.
- Cieniewicz, E. J., Pethybridge, S. J., Gorny, A., Madden, L. V., McLane, H., Perry, K. L., & Fuchs, M. F. (2017). Spatiotemporal spread of grapevine red blotch-associated virus in a California vineyard. Virus Research. 241:156-162.
- Ricketts, K. D., Gómez, M. I., Fuchs, M. F., Martinson, T. E., Smith, R. J., Cooper, M. L., Moyer, M. M., & Wise, A. (2016). Mitigating the economic impact of grapevine red blotch: Optimizing disease management strategies in U.S. vineyards. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. 68:127-135.
- Sudarshana, M. R., Perry, K. L., & Fuchs, M. F. (2015). Grapevine red blotch-associated virus, an emerging threat to the grapevine industry. Phytopathology. 105:1026-1032.
- Thompson, J. R., Langenhan, J. L., Fuchs, M. F., Perry, K. L., & , (2015). Genotyping of Cucumber mosaic virus isolates in western New York State during epidemic years. Virus Research. 210:169-177.
- Vigne, E., Gottula, J., Schmitt-Keichinger, C., Komar, V., Ackerer, L., Rakotomalala, L., Lemaire, O., Ritzenthaler, C., & Fuchs, M. F. (2013). A strain specific segment of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of Grapevine fanleaf virus elicits symptoms in Nicotiana species. Journal of General Virology. 94:2803-2813.