2018 PD Research Symposium Review


The 2018 Pierce’s Disease (PD) Research Symposium was held in San Diego on December 18-19. The Symposium highlighted research progress on several fronts relating to winegrape pests and diseases.

Attendees at the 2018 PD Research Symposium listen to one of the many presentations given at the two-day event.

Attendees at the 2018 PD Research Symposium listen to one of the many presentations given at the two-day event.

As with the past couple of symposiums, there was more to talk about than just PD and the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Grapevine leafroll disease, red blotch virus, and vine mealybug were some of the other pests and diseases discussed among the 90 plus researchers and stakeholders in attendance.

“Traditionally this symposium is absolutely informative and instructive, and an incredible means of bringing together people who have diverse interests in exploring both Pierce’s disease as well as the glassy-winged sharpshooter. This intermingling of disciplines has really proven to be quite informative as well as motivating for the researchers attending,” said David Gilchrist, PhD, from UC Davis.

Click here to download a copy of the 2018 PD Research Symposium Proceedings, a compilation of research progress reports.

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