Qingwu (William) Meng

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Qingwu (William) Meng

M.S. in Horticulture

1066 Bogue St, Room A224-B
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 862-7541

Area of Expertise: Horticultural lighting, indoor vertical farming, photoperiodic lighting

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I am the creator of LightHort, a blog dedicated to communicating the latest scientific findings on light in horticulture to the public. The goal is to inform scientists and interested audiences alike of science and technology that can transform the future of agriculture, including floriculture, indoor vertical farming and even space farming. A particular emphasis is on the application of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the realm of plant science. A wide array of topics range from sole-source lighting for plant factories to photoperiodic and supplemental lighting for greenhouse operations.

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I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Horticulture at Michigan State University under Dr. Erik Runkle‘s supervision. My primary research interests lie in urban agriculture, indoor vertical farming, lighting technologies, greenhouse crop production, and energy efficiency. My goal is to provide cutting-edge solutions to advance sustainable modern agriculture and tackle problems faced by growers. I am open to a career in either academia or industry and would like to explore potential collaborations with people sharing similar interests. A desired career path would enable me to achieve goals using interdisciplinary knowledge in horticultural science, engineering, and lighting.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Horticulture, Michigan State University, Dec. 2018 (expected)

Ph.D. in Multidisciplinary Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2015 (transferred)

M.S. in Horticulture, Michigan State University, June 2014

B.E. in Agricultural Engineering and B.A. in English, China Agricultural University, June 2012

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

Ph.D. Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2015–present

Ph.D. Research Assistant, Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014–2015

M.S. Research Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2012–2014

Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Agricultural Structure, Environment, and Energy Engineering, China Agricultural University, 2009–2012

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HONORS AND AWARDS

3rd place in the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Controlled Environment Working Group (CEWG) graduate student oral competition. Atlanta, GA. 2016.

2nd place graduate student poster competition in the ISHS 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

1st place applied oral competition in the 14th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

1st place applied poster competition in the 14th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2016.

The Graduate Office Fellowship from Michigan State University Graduate School. East Lansing, MI. 2015.

1st place (tie) in the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Controlled Environment Working Group (CEWG) graduate student oral competition. New Orleans, LA. 2015.

1st place in the graduate student poster competition, Committee on Controlled Environment Technology & Use (NCERA-101) regional working group annual meeting. Fairbanks, AK. 2014.

1st place applied oral competition in the 12th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

3rd place applied poster competition in the 12th Annual Michigan State University Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

The John L. Arend Excellence in Graduate Student Research Award. East Lansing, MI. 2014.

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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2017. Moderate-intensity blue radiation can regulate flowering, but not extension growth, of several photoperiodic ornamental crops. Environ. Exp. Bot. 134C:12–20.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. The role of blue light in night-interruption lighting of petunia. Acta Hort. 1107:101–105.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. Low-intensity blue light in night-interruption lighting does not influence flowering of herbaceous ornamentals. Sci. Hort. 186:230–238.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Controlling flowering of photoperiodic ornamental crops with light-emitting diode lamps: A coordinated grower trial. HortTechnology 24:702–711.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2016. Control of flowering using night-interruption and day-extension LED lighting, p. 191–201. In: T. Kozai et al. (eds.). LED Lighting for Urban Agriculture. Springer Singapore, Singapore.

Mitchell, C.A., M.P. Dzakovich, C. Gomez, R. Lopez, J.F. Burr, R. Hernández, C. Kubota, C.J. Currey, Q. Meng, E.S. Runkle, C.M. Bourget, R.C. Morrow, and A.J. Both. 2015. Light-emitting diodes in horticulture, p. 1–88. In: J. Janick (ed.). Horticultural Reviews vol. 43. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

THESES

Meng, Q. 2014. Investigating use of blue, red, and far-red light from light-emitting diodes to regulate flowering of photoperiodic ornamental crops. MS thesis, Dept. of Hort., Mich. State Univ., East Lansing, MI. ISBN 9781321026658.

Meng, Q. 2012. Light quality affects growth and development of cucumber seedlings in an enclosed transplant factory. BE thesis. Dept. of Agr. Structure Environ. Energy Eng., China Agr. Univ., Beijing, China.

EXTENSION ARTICLES

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2016. Choosing the right LEDs to regulate flowering in greenhouses. Michigan State University Extension.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2015. Can white LEDs control flowering? Greenhouse Management 10:63–64.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Evaluating different colors of LEDs to control flowering. Greenhouse Product News 12:14–19.

Meng, Q. and E.S. Runkle. 2014. Control flowering with LEDs. GrowerTalks 3:62–64.

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