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Scientists and science educators in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past few years for weekly seminars to catalyze the development of an engaged regional scientific community. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.

This year’s events are held at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, and are open to the public. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the incredible research in our own backyard. Prior registration is not required to attend these events.

This project is supported by a grant from Our Valley Our Future. Other supporters include: NCESD, Apple STEM Network, Washington State University, The Bridge, Wenatchee Valley College, and USDA.

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Something to Wine About: Spittlebugs and Pierce’s Disease in the California North Coast

Presented by Dr. Dylan Beal, Entomologist, Washington State University

Pierce’s disease of grapevine has threatened California vineyards for over 100 years. This disease is caused by the plant pathogenic bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, which is transmitted between grapevine and other plant hosts by xylem sap feeding insects such as sharpshooter leafhoppers, spittlebugs, and cicadas. An understanding of the interactions between the bacterium, insect vectors, and their plant hosts is key to managing this disease. Since 2015, California’s Napa and Sonoma counties have seen an unprecedented increase in the occurrence and intensity of Pierce’s disease outbreaks in vineyards.

This presentation will highlight the work done to investigate the role of spittlebug vectors of Xylella fastidiosa in recent Pierce’s disease outbreaks in the California North Coast.

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The seminar presentations are intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, and science enthusiasts.

K-12 educators are also encouraged to attend the seminar series to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service District for attending the series.

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 1
4:00pm – 5:00pm


WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Registration Price


Clock Hours

1 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

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