Xylella fastidiosa

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Aug. 21, 2020

Increased Precision in Europe's New Xylella Fastidiosa Legislation

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, 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. 17, 2020

Xylella Update: Spread Continues in Southern Italy Amid Calls for Swift Action

With the bacteria spreading beyond predictability, an evolving patchwork of strategies aim to identify and contain outbreaks.

May. 25, 2020

UK Publishes New Guidelines on Plant Imports to Stem Xylella Risk

The U.K. requires confirmation that an imported olive or almond plant's place of production and its 200-meter surrounding area has been Xylella-free for one year before the plant is imported.

Apr. 20, 2020

Study Reveals Potential Economic Impact of Xylella on Spain, Italy, Greece

The disease could cost billions, as almost all producing areas of the three countries are susceptible to the bacterium due to the prevailing climatic conditions.

Apr. 17, 2020

Spain Deploys New Technology to Combat Olive Tree Pathogens

Spain's leading non-profit focused on agribusiness is deploying and testing a series of new early detection methods, biocontrol programs and biostimulants to help stem the spread of two deadly olive tree pathogens.

Apr. 13, 2020

New Treatment for Xylella-Infected Trees Is Working, Researchers Say

Researchers have developed and tested a new bactericide that can help olive trees affected by Xylella to return to full production.

Mar. 27, 2020

COVID-19 Hinders Xylella Fight in Italy

Funds are coming to counter the bacteria and sustain the local economy. But the COVID-19 epidemic has stymied urgent action

Jan. 31, 2020

Italy Approves €300M Fund to Fight Xylella

Better late than never, the Italian government will fund a €300 million-plan to fight Xylella fastidiosa through eradication, replanting, research and restoration.

Jan. 21, 2020

'Extraordinary Plan' to Revitalize Olive Trees in Puglia

The Italian Confederation of Agriculture has announced a funding plan to address the ongoing Xylella fastidiosa crisis in Puglia.

Jan. 13, 2020

Dame Helen Mirren Narrates Xylella Video

Mirren spoke of the devastation caused by the disease, including the death of millions of olive trees across Europe and beyond.

Jul. 11, 2019

Xylella Fastidiosa Appears in Israel

The notorious crop-waisting scourge, Xylella fastidiosa appears in Israel, but it’s not yet time to panic.

Jun. 11, 2019

Europe Updates Xylella Risk Assessment

An update to EFSA's 2015 assessment concludes the plant disease has not been eradicated, but control measures have contained its spread.

May. 22, 2019

Charges Dropped Against Scientists in Lecce Xylella Case

Researchers and officials who were charged in 2015 have been acquitted but are still blamed for omissions and mismanagement. Part of the investigation will be continued by prosecutors in Bari.

May. 6, 2019

Thousands of Jobs Lost in Italian Olive Oil Sector, Farmers Group Warns

Coldiretti says 100,000 jobs have been lost in the olive oil supply chain as adverse weather and Xylella fastidiosa crippled the country’s olive oil yield.

Apr. 5, 2019

UN Issues New Standards to Curb Spread of Xylella

Updated fumigation standards, new ground rules for international trade in agricultural products and the development of new technologies to screen plants and plant products for diseases were among the standards approved by the body.

Apr. 3, 2019

Scientists Map Risk of Exposure to Xylella

The study showed that southern Spain and other temperate locations between 40 and 50 degrees latitude are at the greatest risk for the spread of Xylella fastidiosa.

Feb. 18, 2019

Protesters Demand Aid for Olive Growers

The Orange Vests movement organized a demonstration in Rome to ask the government ad hoc measures for the Apulian and national olive oil sector.

Jan. 11, 2019

Testing New Ways to Plant Olive Groves Near Madrid

Polycultural olive groves are coming to the Community of Madrid. A new operational group hopes their implementation will increase profits and safeguard against disease.

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