Pierce's Disease
Research Updates

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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.

glassy-winged sharpshooter

April 2009 news archives

  • Cuts will hurt - from elections to animal control, officials say
    Sacramento Bee April 29, 2009

    His department is the one that dealt with the Japanese beetle infestation in thelate 1980sandmorerecently has been combating the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an invasive insect that has threatened gra ...


  • Extra wine briefs - St. Helena Star
    St. Helena Star April 26, 2009

    ... committee for the past two years, said, "There are major issues that the wine industry currently faces such as the economic downturn, the threat of a serious drought, diseases and pests such as P ...


  • Sharpshooter war may be extended
    Central Valley Business Times April 22, 2009

    ... threatened to cause sizable damage to grapes due to the arrival of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an insect that carries the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce's Disease in grapes ...


  • WINDMILL COUNTRY: Conaway stresses impact to ag
    San Angelo Standard Times April 21, 2009

    "Since his election, Conaway has been an advocate for West Texas agriculture and has supported many initiatives that have benefited this region including the wool and mohair research program, Pierce' ...


  • Who's Who at the County: Tony Linegar
    Ukiah Daily Journal April 20, 2009

    The department tests for and manages the glassy winged sharpshooter, inspects incoming plant and nursery stock and enforces the Sudden Oak Death Quarantine. The Pesticide Use Enforcement Program, acc ...


  • Steven McIntyre planning winery off River Road, south of Gonzales (The Salinas Californian)
    Steven McIntyre planning winery off River Road, south of Gonzales April 18, 2009

    Steve McIntyre says he's not only committed to environmentally and economically sustainable practices in his own Soledad vineyard, but has encouraged other grape growers to follow suit. ...


  • Fresno County ag officials escalate battle against a growing pest ...
    Fresno Bee April 17, 2009

    By Robert Rodriguez / The Fresno Bee Fresno County agricultural officials are deploying some new tools and strategies in their annual battle against one of grape industry's most feared pests — the gl ...


  • PD EDITORIAL: Earmarks again
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat April 16, 2009

    The requests include $92 million for a flood-control project for the Napa River; $5 million for preliminary work on the SMART commuter rail line; $30 million to combat vineyard-threatening Pierce's d ...


  • Grape production down, acre price up
    abc7news.com April 09, 2009

    The numbers do not include many vineyards that use organic practices and qualify for organic certification but whose owners do not choose official certification. Only two glassy-winged sharpshooter e ...


  • Bluebirds of happiness
    Weekly Calistogan April 09, 2009

    Cantisano was talking about building bird houses to attract bluebirds to the Spring Mountain vineyards to combat the blue-green sharpshooter, which, as a smaller cousin to the more notorious glassy w ...


  • Planning a home orchard
    Bullard News April 07, 2009

    Only certain grapes will perform in our area, while the majority of high quality table and wine grape varieties are susceptible to a life-shortening pest called Pierce's Disease. Muscadine grapes, wh ...


  • Thompson appropriations requests total $18 million for Lake County
    Lake County News April 07, 2009

    Thompson made $46.7 million in requests for agriculture-related research and projects, including $30 million for the US Department of Agriculture to work on containment and control of the glassy-wing ...


  • Thompson's earmarks reach $395 million
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat April 05, 2009

    One of the largest requests is for $30 million to pay for efforts to fight the vineyard-killing Pierce’s disease, which can be spread by the glassy winged sharpshooter. Agricultural officals are tryi ...


  • Ag briefs, April 5 - San Angelo Standard-Times
    San Angelo Standard-Times April 05, 2009

    The sixth annual Texas Pierce's Disease Symposium will start at 8:30 am and end at 5:30 pm April 16 at Thurman's Mansion, located at 17900 Farm-to-Market Road 1826 in Driftwood. "The symposium will f ...


  • Wine country 40 years in the making (The Temecula Valley News)
    Wine country 40 years in the making April 03, 2009

    Callaway Winery was founded in 1969 by Ely Callaway, who went on to gain fame and fortune in the world of golf. Extensive research had led Callaway to Temecula and to veteran viticulturist John Moram ...


  • Wine country 40 years in the making (The Temecula Valley News)
    Wine country 40 years in the making April 03, 2009

    Callaway Winery was founded in 1969 by Ely Callaway, who went on to gain fame and fortune in the world of golf. Extensive research had led Callaway to Temecula and to veteran viticulturist John Moram ...


  • News Briefs
    Capital Press April 02, 2009

    Pierce's Disease 10 years of Progress Towards a Solution - Nancy Irelan research director and Bob Wynn, Statewide Coordinator CDFA Pierce's Disease Control Program. • 4:30-5:00. Review of Local Vitic ...


  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery 40 Years in the Making (Inland Empire Business Journal)
    Callaway Vineyard & Winery 40 Years in the Making April 01, 2009

    Callaway Winery was founded in 1969 by Ely Callaway, who went on to gain fame and fortune in the world of golf. Extensive research led Callaway to Temecula and to veteran viticulturist John Moramarco ...