The latest progress report is now available for research conducted on behalf of the Pierce’s Disease Control Program. The funding that has been made possible by the Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter winegrape grower assessment is used to further scientific research aimed at solving the issue of Pierce’s Disease, as well as other significant pests and diseases of winegrapes. Since 2001, the assessment has helped to fund more than $45 million in research and outreach projects on behalf of the winegrape industry.
The 2019 research progress report details the ongoing work to address pest and disease problems. Researchers have been working to better understand Pierce’s Disease epidemiology, as well as evaluate various biological control methods. The progress report also highlights efforts looking into the ecology of grapevine red blotch virus, potential rootstocks with resistance to vine mealybug, along with the impact of leafroll infections.
Listen to the report below.