Pierce's disease is a deadly disease of grapevines. It's prevalence in California may be in check, but vineyard mangers must be ever vigilant for signs of an outbreak. This full-color identification and management guide will help you identify the symptoms. Included is a description of where the disease has been found in the grape growing regions of California; descriptions of the four major insect vectors that spread the disease causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa; and the role that alternative host plants play as a reservoir of the bacteria.
Also included is information on the pattern of spread in vineyards by the different vectors; how to monitor the vectors; and a description of management strategies you can use in your vineyard. Illustrated with 4 tables and 21 color photographs.