Xylella: risk to EU plants assessed

EFSA has conducted a pest risk assessment and an evaluation of risk reduction options for Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that is affecting several thousand hectares of olive plantations in Apulia, southern Italy.

Xylella fastidiosa has affected more than 300 species of cultivated and wild plants in the world and is transmitted by certain types of sap-sucking hopper insects.

EFSA recommends the continuation and intensification of research activities on the host range, epidemiology and control of X. fastidiosa in Apulia, Italy, which is the only field outbreak in the EU.