`Xylella Fastidiosa Continues to Spread in Corsica

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Xylella Fastidiosa Continues to Spread in Corsica

Feb. 19, 2016
Isabel Putinja

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The increas­ing spread of the Xylella fas­tidiosa bac­terium on the French island of Cor­sica has been cre­at­ing con­cern since the first case was detected on 22 July 22, 2015 in Pro­pri­ano. In Jan­u­ary, two newly infected zones in the com­mune of Mona­cia-d’Aullène located in the Corse-du-Sud depart­ment of south­ern Cor­sica were under­go­ing treat­ment to erad­i­cate infected plants.
See more: Com­plete Cov­er­age of the Xylella Fas­tidiosa Out­break
By the end of 2015, there were 194 con­firmed infec­tions in Cor­sica, and by the end of Jan­u­ary 2016, the num­ber had risen to 233. Most of these are con­cen­trated in south­ern Cor­sica in the Corse-du-Sud depart­ment, where there are 222 con­firmed cases to date while Haute-Corse has 11.

A buffer zone of a radius of 10 kilo­me­ters (6.2 miles) around each infected zone must be main­tained. As a result, 40 per­cent of the island is now demar­cated as a buffer zone, an area of 3,766 square kilo­me­ters (1,454 square miles). Infec­tions have also been detected on the French main­land in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in the south of France.

In the mean­time, gov­ern­ment author­i­ties are final­iz­ing a com­pen­sa­tion pro­gram for those affected by losses as a result of the destruc­tion of plants infected by Xf. The funds can be applied to cover the costs of safe­guard­ing sus­cep­ti­ble plants that have been banned from export. An infor­ma­tion and help line has also been set up for com­pa­nies requir­ing infor­ma­tion on the com­pen­satory mea­sures being put in place for com­pa­nies fac­ing losses.

Xylella fas­tidiosa has been blamed for the dev­as­ta­tion of tens of thou­sands of acres of olive groves in Italy’s Puglia region. EU-wide mea­sures taken to con­tain the bac­terium have so far failed to pre­vent its spread.

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