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EFSA Presenting Xyllela Research at Corsica Conference

Oct. 30, 2019
By Lisa Anderson

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This week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is pre­sent­ing the find­ings of their research projects on Xylella fas­tidiosa at the second sci­en­tific con­fer­ence on ongo­ing research into this pathogen.

The con­fer­ence, which was jointly orga­nized by EFSA and is being held in the Corsican cap­i­tal of Ajaccio, is afford­ing par­tic­i­pants the oppor­tu­nity to learn about the latest inter­na­tional research on the topic and to find ways to col­lab­o­rate.

The most recent research results on detec­tion and sur­veil­lance, sus­tain­able man­age­ment strate­gies, insect vec­tors and more are being pre­sented and dis­cussed.

Earlier research released by EFSA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) just over two weeks ago, con­cluded that the esti­mated impact of Xylella is over €5.5 bil­lion euros annu­ally.

The researchers fur­ther found that Xylella — if it were to spread across the E.U. — could affect 70 per­cent of the Union’s pro­duc­tion value of olive trees older than 30 years, and 35 per­cent of the younger trees. It has been esti­mated that this could put 300,000 jobs in the olive indus­try across Europe at risk.

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Other E.U.-funded projects includ­ing Pests Organisms Threatening Europe (POnTE), XF-ACTORS, CURE-XF and EuroXanth are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in this week’s con­fer­ence.