` Dame Helen Mirren Lends Her Voice to UK Xylella Prevention Video

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Dame Helen Mirren Lends Her Voice to UK Xylella Prevention Video

Jan. 13, 2020
By Julie Al-Zoubi

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Dame Helen Mir­ren has backed the UK’s efforts to keep the deadly plant dis­ease Xylella fas­tidiosa out of the coun­try by nar­rat­ing an ani­ma­tion warn­ing of the risks posed by Xylella and offer­ing advice on pre­vent­ing its arrival.

In the video, which was the brain­child of BRIGIT, a con­sor­tium made up of lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties and research insti­tutes led by the John Innes Cen­tre, Mir­ren spoke of the dev­as­ta­tion caused by the dis­ease, includ­ing the death of mil­lions of olive trees across Europe and beyond.

The ani­ma­tion was cre­ated to edu­cate the pub­lic about the dis­ease, warn of symp­toms to watch for, and high­light the risks posed by bring­ing plants back from abroad.

Mir­ren, who has wit­nessed first-hand the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Xylella in Italy’s Puglia region, has in the past advised British gar­den­ers to only pur­chase plants sourced or grown in the U.K.

Although the dis­ease has not yet appeared in the United King­dom, it has destroyed olive groves in Italy, France, Spain and Por­tu­gal.

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In 2017, the British gov­ern­ment called for greater action to pre­vent the arrival and spread of Xylella.



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