Probably too soon to get excited...
I know some of you visit the rose forums, as do I, and know of the concerns over Rose Rosette Disease. There has been so little research done on this topic...and much of it seems to be outdated.
Anyway, I've been e-mailing Washington State University, hoping that someone in their agricultural research deparment might look into this subject. Although eastern Washinton has not had problems with RRD, it's been a serious threat to roses in many areas of the country.
WSU was the first state university in the nation (I believe it was a state college back then) to have a Master Gardener's program. They were the pilot program, for the many that have followed. I'm hoping they'll at least think about spending some time researching this serious threat to roses.
So, it's probably too soon to get excited, but I just wanted to say MAYBE there's hope. If anyone else knows of a university or research facility that may be interested, please encourage them to think about looking into RRD. If we don't do something soon, we may lose many, if not most, of our roses.
On a brighter note, rose catalogs are beginning to appear at my door! :)