Sacramento, Calif, Sept 1, 2006 – The PD/GWSS Board has established a new Internet forum aimed at creating improved lines of communications between all those involved in the ongoing battle against Pierce’s disease and the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter.
The websites address is www.pdgwss.net
The PD/GWSS Board was established in July 2001 to support scientific research to find a cure for Pierce’s disease. An annual assessment paid by winegrape growers supports the research efforts. The PD/GWSS Board also advises the California Department of Food and Agriculture on a variety of other issues pertaining to Pierce’s disease and the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter.
The importance of the work of the Board is underscored by the fact that Pierce’s disease has no known cure and, if left unchecked, could be devastating to the grape industry and several other California crops. A study recently released by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers showed that the total annual economic impact of California’s winegrape industry is estimated at $45.4 billion.