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.

Inhibition of Xylella fastidiosa polygalacturonase to produce Pierce's disease resistant grapevines.

PIs: Bruce Kirkpatrick

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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: CDFA - Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board
  • Budget: $71,504
  • Start date: July 01, 2007
  • Stop date: June 30, 2008
  • Status: APPROVED
  • Funded by: UC - PD Fund
  • Budget: $127,886
  • Start date: August 15, 2008
  • Stop date: November 14, 2011
  • Status: APPROVED