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

Evaluation and investigation of Vitis germplasm with potential tolerance to Pierce's disease, cooperating in the exploration of Xylella hosts and variability, and Pierce's disease extension outreach for Texas.

PIs: Mark Black; Jim Kamas; Lisa Morano; Joshua Stevenson; Fritz Westover


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: USDA - APHIS Fund
  • Budget: $197,508
  • Start date: January 01, 2006
  • Stop date: January 01, 2009
  • Status: APPROVED