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May 2005
Insight & Opinion: Vote "Yes" on the Upcoming PD/GWSS Referendum
Future PD/GWSS funding is unlikely without the continued involvement of growers and vintners.
by Ben Drake, Jim Richards and Bobby Koch
In just five years, the California wine industry pulled off a near miracle. When the newly immigrated glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) first infested California's Temecula Valley in 1999, it created industry-wide alarm. In just a year, this new sharpshooter had carried Pierce's disease (PD) throughout the region, destroying 40 percent of Temecula's vineyards. And then the pest began moving north. With no cure for PD and no control protocols for GWSS, panic would have been an appropriate re...
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