the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture
Pierce's Disease Portal

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Support for the Management of Intellectual Property within the Pierce’s Disease Research Initiative and Research Community

The Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board (Board) began collaborations in 2005 with the goal of instituting an intellectual property (IP) management strategy inline with the Pierce’s disease (PD) research consortium’s mission. Within the last two years, a number of information resources have been made available by PIPRA specifically tailored for the PD research community. These resources include a publicly accessible, live and comprehensive database of all PD related IP and scientific literature and the development of the PD Research and Impact database. Collectively, these resources have allowed both scientists and consortium administrators to have an integrated view of the technical and legal aspects involved in funded projects. In addition, these efforts provide the foundation and tools to support research and development of emerging technologies supported by this consortium.

Pierce's Research and Impact Database

The purpose of this database is to generate information valuable for evaluating program accountability. This database is capable of generating dynamic reports which assist consortium members in gaining better understanding of research progress made, as well as anticipated timelines, toward achieving sustainable solutions to Pierce’s Disease. The database can be accessed at http://www.piercesdisease.org

Pierce’s Disease is a disease inflicted on grapes and caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. The disease clogs the water-conducting vessels (xylem) of grapevines and leads to the death of the plant. Read more...

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