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glassy-winged sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis)

glassy-winged sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis)

In the late 1990s, California table grape growers feared that a newly invasive pest, the glassy-winged sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis) would fly into vineyards and spread Xylella fastidiosa, an endemic species of bacteria known as the cause of Pierce’s Disease. In response, local public and private organizations snapped into action and developed the General Beale Pilot Project, a coordinated effort at integrated pest management, over an area of 50 square miles, involving local growers, pest control advisors, commodity organizations, universities, and government agencies. (Image originally published in Haviland et al 2021, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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