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.

glassy-winged sharpshooter


Online resources on Pierce's Disease can be found here. These include links on information related to Pierce's Disease as well as links to funding agencies that award funding for projects related to Pierce's Disease.

Scientific Resources

PG & PGIP Structural Database

World Sharpshooter Database Online

Xylella Fastidiosa Genome Project

UC IPM Guidelines on Pest Management of Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

UC Riverside Information on Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

PD learning materials

PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture) - PIPRA works to support the management of intellectual property within the Pierce's Disease research community. To this end, they have created a number of helpful information resources tailored to the Pierce's Disease research community.

Xylella Fastidiosa Information Resource - An information resource on the causal bacterium of Pierce's Disease, Xylella fastidiosa.

PD/GWSS Board - Website on PD/GWSS Board

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Pierce's Disease Control Program - Website for CDFA Pierce's Disease Control Program

Wikipedia Entry on Xylella Fastidiosa

Grape Research at Michigan State University

Information Resource on Sharpshooters and Pierce's Disease from Virginia Tech

Website of the Wine Institute in California

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Website

UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources Workgroup on Integrated Pest Management of GWSS and Diseases

UC Riverside Xylella Project

Texas Pierce's Disease Research and Education Program

Napa Valley Online Resource on Glassy-winged sharpshooter

Funding agencies

American Vineyard Foundation

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Pierce's Disease Control Program


UC Pierce's Disease Research Grants Program

US Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service