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

Genome editing of TAS4, MIR828, and targets MYBA6/A7: A critical test of Xylella fastidiosa infection and spreading mechanisms in Pierce's disease.

PIs: Christopher Rock


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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: CDFA - Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board
  • Budget: $229,813
  • Start date: July 01, 2015
  • Stop date: December 31, 2017
  • Status: APPROVED