Puglia (Apulia)

Nov. 15, 2022

Reimagining the Xylella-Devastated Landscape of Southern Puglia

Public and private stakeholders are working together in Salento province to plant new crops and revitalize the previously devastated landscape.

Nov. 14, 2022

Farms in Italy Welcome an Uptick in Agritourism as Challenging Harvest Gets Underway

The legislation provides funds to train farmers and producers how to run tourism operations in Puglia, which is expecting a 50-percent production decrease.

Oct. 31, 2022

Thousands of Xylella-Resistant Trees to Be Planted in Puglia

The reforestation effort is meant to restore devastated landscapes, promote biodiversity and increase the area’s resistance to new pathogens.

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Oct. 27, 2022

Xylella Spreads Beyond Buffer Zones in Puglia

The deadly pathogen is spreading less quickly as new technologies arrive, improving monitoring capabilities.

Aug. 26, 2022

Safeguarding Italy's Millenary Trees

Silent witnesses of history, Italy’s millenary olive trees have proven their resilience over time. Local organizations are working to protect them from climate change.

Aug. 3, 2022

A New Project to Promote Olive Oil Roads in Puglia

A new law provides funds to mark dedicated networks of olive oil roads, including farmers, tourism venues, millers and local municipalities.

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Mar. 31, 2022

Ercole Olivario Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Introduces Oleotourism Award

Producers from Sardinia, Lazio and Puglia competed at the 2022 Ercole Olivario where a new award for promoting tourism was introduced.

Mar. 17, 2022

Officials in Puglia Approve New Plan to Stem Spread of Xylella Fastidiosa

The goal is to monitor and combat the bacteria outbreaks that have been destroying traditional and monumental olive groves for nearly a decade.

Mar. 8, 2022

Xylella Arrived in Italy from a Costa Rican Coffee Plant, Researchers Say

A study concluded that the genomes of Xylella fastidiosa in Apulian olive trees descended directly from Costa Rican coffee plants.

Feb. 28, 2022

Researchers Find Another Disease Afflicting Olive Groves in Puglia

New research on olive trees in Salento revealed the spreading of a known fungus, whose drying action is much faster than Xylella bacteria.

Feb. 23, 2022

Value of PDO and PGI Olive Oil Production Drops in Italy

Extreme weather events, Covid-19 restriction and Xylella fastidiosa were attributed to the almost 15 percent decrease in the value of PDO and PGI olive oils.

Dec. 17, 2021

Dogs and Drones: New Projects in Puglia Emphasize Early Detection Against Xylella

Using thermal sensing and the powerful noses of dogs, authorities in Puglia ramp up efforts to detect the latest outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa before symptoms occur.

Dec. 1, 2021

New Olive Trees Are Being Planted in Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

A new law in Italy has changed monitoring and removal operations in Xylella-plagued areas. Funds are being used to replant trees and compensate millers.

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Oct. 16, 2020

Latest Xylella Outbreak in Puglia Continues to Spread

Authorities have identified 136 newly-infected trees in Puglia. Among the new discoveries are two millenary olive trees in what was considered to be a buffer zone.

Oct. 12, 2020

Signs of Life Among Puglia’s Xylella-Ravaged Groves

Farmers in the southern Apulian commune of Casarano – in a Xylella fastidiosa red zone – have successfully harvested olives of the Favolosa cultivar. The triumph provides a roadmap for other producers in Xf-hit areas.

Oct. 1, 2020

Xylella Outbreak in Apulian Buffer Zone Puts Millenary Trees at Risk

At least 50 trees infected with the deadly plant pathogen have been discovered in a Xylella fastidiosa buffer zone, authorities said, threatening some of the area’s renowned ancient olive trees.

Sep. 25, 2020

Italy Approves Aid for Mills Hit by 2018 Snow Storm

Italy pledged €8 million to help mills and processing cooperatives affected by the Burian snow storm.

Aug. 27, 2020

Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to Covid-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.

Aug. 7, 2020

Farmers, Politicians Blame Each Other as Wildfires Burn in Puglia

Farmers have blamed the rapid spread of the wildfires on dead olive trees that were killed by Xylella fastidiosa and never removed by local governments. Some politicians have insinuated that these trees are being intentionally burned.

Jun. 29, 2020

Italian Government Pledges €120 Million in Aid for Xylella-Ravaged Puglia

The money will be divided among farmers who suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production.

Jun. 25, 2020

Decline in Exports Add to Troubles for Puglian Producers

Exports are down and storage facilities are full in Puglia while farmers and local politicians call for urgent support.

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