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.

Defining the role of secreted virulence proteins LesA and PrtA in the pathobiology of Xylella and in the development of Pierce's disease.

PIs: Abhaya Dandekar

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Funding Sources:

  • Funded by: CDFA - Pierce's Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board
  • Budget: $167,463
  • Start date: July 01, 2014
  • Stop date: June 30, 2016
  • Status: APPROVED