Pierce's Disease
Research Updates


What is Pierce's Disease?

Pierce's Disease is a bacterial infection, which is spread by bugs that feed on grapevines, particularly the "glassy winged sharpshooter." Grapevines that become infected with PD can quickly become sick and die.

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About Pierce's Disease

Pierce's Disease is a deadly disease of grapevines. It is caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which is spread by xylem feeding leafhoppers known as sharpshooters. Pierce's Disease is known to be prevalent within the USA from Florida to California, and outside the USA in Central and South America. Xylella fastidiosa works by blocking the xylem, which conducts the water around the plant. Symptoms include chlorosis and scorching of leaves, and entire vines will die after 1-5 years. Pierce's Disease is less prevalent where winter temperatures are cold, such as more northern areas, high altitudes and inland areas.


PD/GWSS Board and PD Advisory Task Force Meeting

Date: November 4, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Peter Christensen Conference Room, Trinchero Family Estates Building, 501 Hopkins Road, Davis, California 95616
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National Academy of Sciences Grapevine Virus Research Review
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The National Academy of Sciences is reviewing leafroll and red blotch virus research at the request of the PD/GWSS Board. Project details as well as webinar recordings from meetings with researchers are on the project website.
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