David Lampe, a noted entomologist at Duquesne University, will speak onSymbiotic Control of Pierces Diseaseat 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Room 2001 of the Agricultural Sciences Building on West Virginia Universitys Evansdale Campus. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Lampe currently is developing a novel, molecular approach to the control of Pierces disease, an insect-transmitted bacterial disease of grape plants that threatens the American grape industry, including wines and juices. His research is conducted in collaboration with scientists at the University of California-Riverside.

Lampe and his colleagues have been exploring the possibility of using genetic modification to limit carrier insectsability to transmit the bacteria to grapevines.

The seminar is sponsored by the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences in WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.