Xylella Continues to Spread in Europe

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

The bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) was recently confirmed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Xf was first identified in the European Union (EU) in olive groves in Italy in 2013, triggering a quick response from the EU in the form of stringent regulations on plant material imported to the EU. Now plant material known to be susceptible to Xf originating from the U.S. must undergo inspection and sampling to verify Xf-free status.

Olive trees originating from Spain were identified as the source of introduction in Belgium, while one single Coffea&nb...

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