Xylella fastidiosa

Mar. 29, 2021

Volunteers in Italy and Spain to Track Spittlebug Activity

Efforts in Puglia and Andalusia are underway to monitor the spread of the deadly vector of Xyella fastidiosa. Using mobile applications, volunteers will help experts track the insect populations.

Mar. 15, 2021

New Tool Could Stop the Spread of Main Xylella Fastidiosa Vector

Using sound vibrations, researchers may be able to disrupt the mating of spittlebugs in olive groves. Agriculture groups are calling for more research.

Feb. 1, 2021

Treatment to Mitigate the Impact of Xylella Fastidiosa Shows Promise in Italy

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.

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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.

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.

May. 1, 2020

37 New Plant Species Added to Xylella Host List

Ornamental, wild and commercial plants were all found to be hosts of the world's most deadly plant pathogen. The total list of identified host plants is up to 595.

Apr. 29, 2020

Filippo Berio Partners with Italian Research Council to Combat Xylella

Seventy hectares of Filippo Berio’s Tuscan olive groves will be transformed into an “open-air laboratory” for research into combating Xylella fastidiosa.

Apr. 24, 2020

UK Calls for 'Spittlebug Spies' to Gather Evidence for Xylella Project

The "spies" provide scientists with data to track the potential spread of Xylella fastidiosa.

Apr. 24, 2020

Andalusia Declared Free of Xylella

After an incident in 2018, an action plan led to the examination of more than 1,600 plant species and the creation of inspection zones to test for the existence of the bacterium.

Apr. 21, 2020

UK Tightens Rules on Olive Tree Imports

E.U. emergency measures were not enough to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa according to threats highlighted in a pest risk assessment.

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.

Sep. 12, 2019

Six Years With No Cure: The Continuing Consequences of Xylella

While the body of research on Xylella fastidiosa has expanded significantly since its discovery, so has the complexity of the disease. With no cure in sight, farmers must learn to adapt.

Sep. 8, 2019

Xylella Spreads to Olive Trees in France

The two infected olive trees, which were kept for ornamental purposes, were detected in the towns of Antibes and Menton.

Sep. 5, 2019

Italy Failed to Fulfil Obligations to Prevent Spread of Xylella, EU Court Finds

The EU Court's judgment concluded the first phase of an infringement procedure opened in 2015 and found Italy liable for the payment of court costs.

Sep. 4, 2019

Australian Woman Pleads Guilty to Importing Plants Known to Carry Xylella

The chairwoman of the Australian Garlic Association pleaded guilty to ten charges after putting the agricultural sector at “great risk.”

Aug. 19, 2019

Xylella Fastidiosa Could Be Contained With Better Monitoring

New data from the Sbarro Health Research Organization suggest that even 100 percent compliance to the present uprooting containment strategy would only partially stop the spread of Xyella fastidiosa in Italy.

Jul. 22, 2019

Use of Fungus Found Effective Against Carriers of Xylella

The preliminary results of a field trial show that the Beauveria bassiana fungus reduced the number of meadow spittle bugs, which carry Xylella fastidiosa, by 80 percent.

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.

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