College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Michael Shintaku

Professor of Plant Pathology
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Cornell University
M.S., Plant Pathology, University of Hawai╩╗i
B.S., Journalism, University of Oregon


  • AG┬á375 Intro To Genetic Analysis (3)
  • AG┬á304 Applied Microbiology (3)
  • PPTH┬á412 Plant Disease Control (3)
  • PPTH┬á405 Plant Disease Diagnosis (3)
  • PPTH┬á301 Trop Plant Pathology (3)
  • CBES┬á620 Rrsch Techniq Molecular C Biol (3)

Research Interests

I specialize in plant-virus interactions. I am currently working on projects involving tomato spotted wilt virus, cymbidium mosaic virus and dasheen mosaic virus. I am also interested in the bacterial wilt pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum.

Selected Publications

  • Shintaku, M. , A. Shimabukuro and C. Seeve, 2005. PCR assay of weeds associated with an outbreak of bacterial wilt of ginger in East Hawai╩╗i. Journal of Hawaiian and Pacific Agriculture. 13:9-13.
  • Lu, R. A. Folimonov, M. Shintaku, W.-X. Li, B. W. Falk, W. O. Dawson, and S.-W. Ding. 2004. Three distinct suppressors of RNA silencing encoded by a 20-kb viral RNA genome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 101:15742-15747.
  • Nishijima, K. A., A. M. Alvarez, P. R. Hepperly, M. H. Shintaku, L. M. Keith, D. M. Sato, B. C. Bushe, J. W. Armstrong and F. T. Zee. 2004. Association of Enterobacter cloacae in rhizome rot of edible' ginger (Zingiber officinale) in Hawai╩╗i . Plant Disease 88:1318-1327
  • Wong, S-M., S. S-C. Thio, M. H. Shintaku, and P. Palukaitis. 1999. The rate of cell-to-cell movement of cucumber mosaic virus is affected by sequences of the capsid protein. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 7:628-632
  • Tsang, M. M. C., and M. H. Shintaku, 1998. Hot air treatment for control of bacterial wilt in ginger root. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 14(2):159-163
  • Dagless, E. M., M. H. Shintaku, R. S. Nelson and G. D. Foster. 1997. A CaMV 35S promoter driven cDNA clone of tobacco mosaic virus can infect host plant tissue despite being uninfectious when manually inoculated onto leaves. Archives of Virology 142:183-191
  • Shintaku, M. H., T. Kaneshiro and C. Enriques. 1996. Detecting Pseudomonas solanacearum in edible ginger using the polymerase chain reaction. Journal of Hawaiian and Pacific Agriculture 7:11-19
  • Ding, X. S., M. H. Shintaku, S. Carter, and R. S. Nelson. 1996. Invasion of minor veins of tobacco leaves inoculated with tobacco mosaic virus mutants defective in phloem-dependent movement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 93:11155-11160

Contact Information

Michael H. Shintaku, Professor, Plant Pathology
Tel: (808) 932-7154
Fax: (808) 932-7037
Office: Business Office Building, room 118B
Mail: 200 W K─üwili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091