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

The significance of Xylella fastidiosa type I and type IV pili in biofilm structure, bacterial survival in biofilms, and in DNA secretion and uptake.

PIs: Thomas Burr; Harvey Hoch


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: UC - PD Fund
  • Budget: $229,814
  • Start date: July 15, 2007
  • Stop date: July 14, 2009
  • Status: APPROVED