The Belgian Nurseryman and Growers Federation (AVBS) has reported that Xylella fastidiosa was found at a trading company in West Flanders on 26 September, the first time the bacterial pathogen has been identified in Belgium.

Although the Belgian interception does not affect the UK market currently, HTA members still need to remain vigilant with their own imports and purchases of potential host plants. A printable infographic detailing which species are most likely to be affected by Xylella in the UK can be found here.

Up to date information on what you can do as a business to prevent Xylella’s entry into the UK can be found on the HTA website here, including an Information Pack to use in your business.

Source: HTA