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  • Grape vine resistance to Pierce's disease within decade
    Western Farm Press August 13, 2014

    Western Farm Press Grape vine resistance to Pierces disease within decade Western Farm Press Within a decade, results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to Californias grape industry - Pierces disease - vectored by the glassy-winge ...


  • Progress made in Pierce's Disease fight
    Fresno Business Journal August 05, 2014

    Progress made in Pierces Disease fight Fresno Business Journal The battle continues, but state ag officials and grape growers have managed to control glassy-winged sharpshooters and prevent spread of Pierces Disease , which can wipe out vineyards on a massive basis. “We have made good progress,” sa ...


  • Progress made in Pierce's Disease fight
    Fresno Business Journal August 05, 2014

    Progress made in Pierces Disease fight Fresno Business Journal The battle continues, but state ag officials and grape growers have managed to control glassy-winged sharpshooters and prevent spread of Pierces Disease , which can wipe out vineyards on a massive basis. “We have made good progress,” sa ...


  • Glassy-winged sharpshooter eggs found in Napa County
    Napa Valley Register May 27, 2014

    Glassy-winged sharpshooter eggs found in Napa County Napa Valley Register Staff from the Napa County Agricultural Commissioners Office found glassy-winged sharpshooter eggs last week while inspecting a shipment of plants to a local plant retailer. The sharpshooter has the potential to be a devastat ...


  • Plant killer prompts warning
    Cadtle Hills News July 29, 2013

    Plant killer prompts warning Cadtle Hills News Pierces disease — a very destructive disease of grapevine — is spread by this sap-sucking insect, the Glassy-winged sharpshooter. Fire blight is the enemy of rosebushes and apple and pear trees. It is caused by a bacteria (Erwinia amylovora) which atta ...


  • From the Ground Up
    Texas Wine Industry April 19, 2013

    “It’s a matter of trying to find the right varieties of grapes that really grow in the right regions of the state,” says Texas A&M Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences ...


  • Extra-curriculars enhance students' high school experience
    InsideHalton.com November 15, 2012

    GWSS has many teams in which student can be involved, including basketball, football, volleyball, field hockey and cross country to name a few. Sports teams are important to help students become physically active and help promote a healthy lifestyle ...


  • Fresno County targets grape pest in Easton
    Fresno Bee October 09, 2012

    Fresno Bee Fresno County targets grape pest in Easton Fresno Bee The county has been fighting the glassy-winged sharpshooter for more than a decade and has managed to keep the pest from infesting commercial vineyards. Grape growers fear the pest because it can carry the vine-killing Pierces disease ...


  • Fresno County attacks grape pest in Easton
    Fresno Bee October 09, 2012

    Fresno Bee Fresno County attacks grape pest in Easton Fresno Bee The county has been fighting the glassy-winged sharpshooter for more than a decade and has managed to keep the pest from infesting commercial vineyards. Grape growers fear the pest because it can carry the vine-killing Pierces disease ...


  • Glassy-winged sharpshooter, grape industry pest, found in Lemoore
    Fresno Bee September 22, 2012

    Fresno Bee Glassy-winged sharpshooter , grape industry pest, found in Lemoore Fresno Bee A glassy-winged sharpshooter , one of the grape industrys most feared pests, has been found in Kings County. The single insect was recently caught in a trap at a home in the northeast Lemoore area. This week, a ...


  • Glassy-winged sharpshooter, grape industry pest, found in Lemoore
    Fresno Bee September 21, 2012

    Fresno Bee Glassy-winged sharpshooter , grape industry pest, found in Lemoore Fresno Bee A glassy-winged sharpshooter , one of the grape industrys most feared pests, has been found in Kings County. The single insect was picked up in a trap at a home in northeast Lemoore. It is only the second sharp ...


  • A new tool for studying insect-plant warfare
    Phys.Org June 08, 2012

    A new way to wire up a young adult glassy-winged sharpshooter, an insect that can inject Pierces disease bacteria into grapes as it feeds, is helping ARS scientists better understand how plant-feeding insects do so much damage ...


  • Campaign aims to keep the glassy-winged sharpshooter out of Napa County
    Vallejo Times-Herald May 05, 2012

    Campaign aims to keep the glassy-winged sharpshooter out of Napa County Vallejo Times-Herald "If the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter ever gets into Napa County, it will most likely not be on county-inspected commercial grape or nursery stock shipments, but in the car of a gardener who has bought a plant ...


  • Different kinds of spirits in Orange County
    TheRecordLive.com May 02, 2012

    Texas wines, however, are having a tough go of it because of a malady named Pierces Disease is striking vineyards. With Pierces Disease , the grapes may be fine the first year, but the vine will die the second year and become useless ...


  • Guarding Grapevines with Genes
    Wine Spectator March 13, 2012

    Guarding Grapevines with Genes Wine Spectator Scientists have created a vine gene that can kill Pierces disease , but will consumers accept wine from genetically modified vines? Its been more than a decade since the last major outbreak of Pierces disease devastated grapevines in California, ...


  • Grape vineyard a nifty addition to neighborhood
    Your Houston News February 29, 2012

    Grape vineyard a nifty addition to neighborhood Your Houston News Texas grape vines have been plagued with Pierces Disease which is an insect-transmitted disease which will cause serious blockages in the vines xylem (equivalent to blood vessels in humans). Researchers from Los Alamos National Labor ...


  • Supervisors to consider extending agreement to fight crop pest
    Porterville Recorder February 27, 2012

    Supervisors to consider extending agreement to fight crop pest Porterville Recorder The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider extending an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture that would provide $570000 in funding for an area-wide glassy-winged sharpshooter manageme ...


  • Vintners adapt to changes
    Northern Virginia Daily February 25, 2012

    Vintners adapt to changes Northern Virginia Daily Warmer temperatures are bringing some "disfavored" effects, like Pierces disease , he said. "Its a bacterial disease of grapes, and its lethal to the vines," Wolf said. "Historically, its been in the southeastern part of the state, and weve seen a . ...


  • In the garden: Make gardening fun
    San Antonio Express February 24, 2012

    In the garden: Make gardening fun San Antonio Express These varieties have resistance to Pierces disease , which eliminates most other grapes in the first three years. If you prefer to use a natural organic granulated fertilizer formulation, this would be the ideal time to apply on your lawn at an ...


  • Genetic one-two punch may fight Pierce's disease in grapes
    TheGrower February 22, 2012

    A genetic one-two punch may keep Pierces disease , a deadly threat to the California winegrape industry, down for the count. University of California, Davis, plant sciences professor Abhaya Dandekar led the study into using two immune system defenses ... and more ...


  • California wines get major boost against Pierce's disease
    Western Farm Press February 21, 2012

    California wines get major boost against Pierces disease Western Farm Press Researchers have found a way to protect wine, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierces disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industrys valuable grapevi ...


  • Sharpshooter finds on nursery plants are lowest in a decade
    California Farm Bureau February 21, 2012

    California Farm Bureau Sharpshooter finds on nursery plants are lowest in a decade California Farm Bureau The Pierces Disease /Glassy-winged Sharpshooter board said the pest detections on more than 44000 nursery stock shipments were the lowest number since the start of the inspection program nearly ...


  • A Pierce's Disease breakthrough?
    Central Valley Business Times February 21, 2012

    A Pierces Disease breakthrough? Central Valley Business Times After years of research, science may have had a breakthrough in efforts to combat the deadline grapevine killer known as Pierces Disease . Currently, there is no remedy once a vine is infected. In some parts of Southern California, the i ...


  • No money for flood control in Obama budget
    Napa Valley Register February 15, 2012

    No money for flood control in Obama budget Napa Valley Register Whitmer said he wasnt sure if the budget continued a trend of reducing funding for eradicating the glassy-winged sharpshooter . Last year, federal money for that program was reduced by $2.6 million. The sharpshooter infests some grape ...