Pierce's Disease
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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.

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  • Plant killer prompts warning
    Cadtle Hills News July 29, 2013

    Plant killer prompts warning Cadtle Hills News Pierces disease — a very destructive disease of grapevine — is spread by this sap-sucking insect, the Glassy-winged sharpshooter. Fire blight is the enemy of rosebushes and apple and pear trees. It is caused by a bacteria (Erwinia amylovora) which atta ...

  • From the Ground Up
    Texas Wine Industry April 19, 2013

    “It’s a matter of trying to find the right varieties of grapes that really grow in the right regions of the state,” says Texas A&M Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences ...