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Xylella: EFSA participates in ministerial conference

EFSA took part in a high-level ministerial conference on Xylella fastidiosa on 1 December 2017. The meeting in Paris was organised jointly by the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and the French Minister for Agriculture and ...

04 December 2017

Xylella: 'Impressive progress, but much still to be done'

More than 250 plant health experts from around the world met in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, this week to share and debate the latest scientific developments on efforts to tackle the spread of Xylella fastidiosa. The programme included around 50 presentation ...

15 November 2017

Xylella: evidence on host plants reviewed

EFSA’s plant health experts have reviewed new evidence regarding the categorisation of Vitis (grapevine), Citrus, Quercus ilex (holm oak) and Phoenix roebelenii (ornamental dwarf palm) as host plants of Xylella fastidiosa. The X. fastidiosa bacterium has ...

14 October 2016

Xylella in Apulia: review finds no evidence of multiple types

There is no proof that multiple types of  Xylella fastidiosa  are present in Apulia, southern Italy, according to recently available scientific evidence examined by EFSA. The opinion from EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health is the last of three outputs addressin ...

18 August 2016

Citrus black spot: new studies support EFSA advice

Newly available information on citrus black spot supports advice issued by EFSA in 2014, the Authority’s plant health experts have concluded. The Authority will not therefore update its existing Scientific Opinion. Phyllosticta citricarpa,  the organism w ...

17 June 2016

Breaking news from EFSA’s expert meetings: plant health

Watch our news video report to find out what was discussed and decided at this week’s open meeting of EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health in Brussels. EFSA is constantly looking at ways to make its scientific work more open and transparent. We are publishing vid ...

27 May 2016

Xylella ‘is causing olive disease in Italy’

Xylella fastidiosa is responsible for the disease that is destroying olive trees in southern Italy, a new study has confirmed. Oleander and myrtle-leaf milkwort also succumb to the Apulian strain of the bacterium, but citrus, grapevine and holm oak appear ...

29 March 2016

Xylella: host plant list updated

EFSA has updated its database of plants that are reported to be hosts for the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which has been present in Europe since October 2013. The updated list consists of 359 plant species – both naturally and experimentally infect ...

09 February 2016