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

Competitive hybridization on spotted microarrays as a tool to conduct comparative genomic analyses of Xylella fastidiosa strains

  • Author(s): Coletta, H.; Leite, Daniela; Machado, Marcos; Muto, N.; Nunes, Luiz; Oliveira, Regina; Souza, A.; Yanai, G.;
  • Abstract: Xylella fastidiosa strains are responsible for several plant diseases and since such isolates display a broad host range and complex biological behavior, genomic comparisons employing microarray hybridizations may provide an effective method to compare them. Thus, we performed a thorough validation of this type of approach using two recently sequenced strains of this phytopathogen. By matching microarray hybridization results to direct sequence comparisons, we were able to establish precise cutoff ratios for common and exclusive sequences, allowing the identification of exclusive genes involved in important biological traits. This validation will enable the use of microarray-based comparisons across a wide variety of microorganisms (C) 2002 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Publication Date: Oct 2002
  • Journal: Fems Microbiology Letters