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

Developing Pierce's disease control strategies for Texas: Host plant resistance, vegetation management, supplemental hosts of Xylella fastidiosa, and isolate characterization.

PIs: Mark Black; Lisa Morano; Blake Bextine; Joshua Stevenson; Noel Troxclair


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: USDA - APHIS Fund
  • Budget: $135,000
  • Start date: January 01, 2007
  • Stop date: January 01, 2009
  • Status: APPROVED