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Latest Xylella fastidiosa Stories

2012-02-21 11:33:35

A gene fusion research project led by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist delivers a one-two punch to Pierce's disease, a deadly threat to California's world-renowned wine industry. The study is set for publication the week of Feb. 20 in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Many disease-causing microbes can evade one defensive action by a host plant, but we believe that most microbes would have difficulty overcoming a combination of...

2012-02-20 14:00:00

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of researchers has found a way to ensure that your evening glass of wine will continue to be available, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's Disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120220/DC55257) Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), University of...

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2010-03-15 09:05:58

Researchers get up-close look at Pierce's Disease Like a band of detectives surveying the movement of a criminal, researchers using photographic technology have caught at least one culprit in the act. In this case, electron microscopy was used to watch a deadly bacteria breakdown cell walls in wine grape plants "“ an image that previously had not been witnessed. The study will be published in Botany. "Basically, we've been interested in determining how the bacteria moves," said Dr. B....

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2008-03-14 12:00:06

Biological control decimates glassy-winged sharpshooter populations in French Polynesian islands RIVERSIDE, Calif. "“ A research team led by Mark Hoddle, a biological control specialist at UC Riverside, has nearly eradicated the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a major agricultural pest, from the island of Tahiti and several other French Polynesian islands in the South Pacific Ocean. To achieve total pest suppression, the researchers used biological control, an inexpensive method that...

2005-09-21 16:25:05

St. Paul, Minn. (September 21, 2005) "“ New research just released in the September issue of Plant Disease suggests that weeds commonly found in California's wine country may enable the spread of Pierce's disease of grapes, one of the most destructive plant diseases affecting grapes. Pierce's disease is caused by Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium transmitted by sharpshooters and spittlebugs. In response to outbreaks of Pierce's disease in central California, plant pathologists studied 29...