Jan. 11, 2023
The new Apulian initiative brings together olive growers, farm owners and researchers to save Ostuni’s centuries-old olive trees from Xylella fastidiosa.
Dec. 9, 2022
Nearly 120 olive trees were found to be infected with the bacteria. Authorities also found Xylella fastidiosa in a previously-unknown host plant.
Dec. 5, 2022
Farmers who have followed the phytosanitary protocol are harvesting olives from trees where the infection has been brought under control.
Nov. 15, 2022
Public and private stakeholders are working together in Salento province to plant new crops and revitalize the previously devastated landscape.
Oct. 31, 2022
The reforestation effort is meant to restore devastated landscapes, promote biodiversity and increase the area’s resistance to new pathogens.
May. 12, 2022
Local agricultural associations protested a local court's decision and said it would result in further damage to the region’s olive trees.
Apr. 28, 2022
Italian authorities have earmarked €50 million to help private businesses plant new crops in destroyed olive groves and improve overall biodiversity in the region.
Apr. 6, 2022
Scientists and farmers at the latest LIFE Resilience project workshop in Portugal discussed how nature and technology will shape the future of European olive growing.
Mar. 17, 2022
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
A study concluded that the genomes of Xylella fastidiosa in Apulian olive trees descended directly from Costa Rican coffee plants.
Feb. 28, 2022
New research on olive trees in Salento revealed the spreading of a known fungus, whose drying action is much faster than Xylella bacteria.
Feb. 8, 2022
Xylella fastidiosa multiplex, which is not known to affect olive trees, was identified by authorities in Lazio.
Feb. 1, 2021
Researchers found that a recently-patented bio-complex killed bacteria from three strains of Xylella in infected trees, while increasing their resilience to the disease.
Oct. 16, 2020
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
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
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.
Aug. 21, 2020
Along with shrinking the infection and buffer zones, the European Commission also admitted that the deadly plant pathogen could no longer be removed in some regions and called on E.U. member states to intensify their surveillance of the disease.
Aug. 7, 2020
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
The money will be divided among farmers who suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production.