Zespri has formed a partnership with a United States company, as part of a global research programme into the PSA disease in kiwifruit.
Omni Lytics, is a world leader in cutting edge research to control bacterial diseases in plants.
Zespri says the company has expertise in viruses that infect and kill bacteria.
Innovation manager Bryan Parkes says Omni Lytics has been successful in finding a control for a disease in tomatoes called PST, which is similar to PSA. The research will begin in Utah.