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

Systemic control of Pierce's disease by altered expression of anti-apoptotic genes or their RNA-based regulatory elements.

PIs: David Gilchrist


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: UC - PD Fund
  • Budget: $293,376
  • Start date: August 15, 2008
  • Stop date: August 14, 2011
  • Status: APPROVED