France: Xylella fastidiosa detected in two olive trees

In France, Xylella fastidiosa was first reported in 2015. It currently occurs in Corse, as well as in 19 municipalities of Alpes-Maritimes and Var (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region). In September 2019, the French Ministry of Agriculture reported the detection of the bacterium in 2 symptomatic olive (Olea europaea) trees grown for ornamental purposes in Antibes and Menton (both in Alpes-Maritime department).

It is noted that the municipalities of Antibes and Menton were already located in the delimited area for X. fastidiosa, but that it is the first time that the bacterium is detected in olive trees in France. Since 2015, 5100 olive samples have been collected from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and tested, but until this finding all results were negative. It is also noted that X. fastidiosa subsp. pauca was identified in the olive tree from Menton. Both infected olive trees will be destroyed, and surveillance will be intensified within a radius of 5 km of the finding sites.

Source: EPPO Global Database

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