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

Phenology of reproduction, seasonal response to host plants, and ecological factors affecting survival of xylem sap feeding Hemiptera (Auchenorryncha) vectors of Pierce's disease of grapevine in Texas.

PIs: Blake Bextine; Forrest Mitchell; Simon Sheather; Isabelle Lauziere; Jeff Brady


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: USDA - APHIS Fund
  • Budget: $745,606
  • Start date: January 01, 2006
  • Stop date: January 01, 2009
  • Status: APPROVED