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Xylella fastidiosa

Xylella fastidiosa is a bacterial pathogen transmitted by xylem feeding insects. Before the current outbreaks in southern Italy and Corsica, the pathogen was restricted to the Americas with the exception of a single outbreak affecting pear in Taiwan. It is now rapidly spreading throughout Italy and has been found in France (including Corsica), Spanish Islands and mainland Spain. Due to trading in low volumes of host plants/species its also been found in Germany and Czech Republic.     

X. fastidiosa has a very broad host range including almond, peach, plum, apricot, grapevines, citrus, coffee and olive as well as oak, elm, Italian ryegrass, blackberry and sunflower.  

Given the wide range of hosts, the evolving situation in Italy and France, and to improve preparedness within the EU, revised EU emergency measures have been introduced. However these measures are under review as the situation in Europe has changed since these were introduced.

Open Event

Xylella fastidiosaThe Plant Health Team held an open session on Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) on 13 September 2016. The session provided thought provoking presentations

If this disease is found on your neighbour's or your premises/land and/or the wider environment it has the potential to have huge implications, not just for the UK horticultural trade but everyone.  It is therefore imperative that all parties are aware of the importance of, and follow, practicable advice/measures that are place.