Epidemic hitting the Olive Trees

Pomar de oliveiras em Barra do Ribeiro, RS, apenas para ilustrar a cultura. Não existe registro de Xylella fastidiosa em oliveiras no Brasil

22 June 2015
Epidemic hitting the Olive Trees
Translated by Eric Boa (Agronomica's consulting)
Xylella, new map of the infection. The Infection spreads to the Tarantino
LECCE - Now there is a new map of the infection by Xylella that will allow the Special Commissioner Joseph Silletti to draw up a new plan of action. It is a large map that borders on the province of Brindisi and extends in some points of that of Taranto. It was published the day before yesterday in the Official Bulletin of the Puglia Region and is contained in the manager determines the agriculture service number 195 of 2015. 
It has been prepared "in accordance with the provisions of the EU Commission Decision 2015/789" and defines boundaries and interventions in each area. The infected areas are the entire province of Lecce and the outbreak identified in the countryside of Oria. The buffer zones are the area's width of 10 km around the infected area of Oria and the area width of 10 km to the border with the province of Lecce. 
Become a surveillance zone, and this is one of the novelties of the measure adopted on 18 May by the European Commission with the sole vote against Italy, the area width of at least 30 km adjacent to the buffer zone of the province of Lecce. In all these areas - says the causes - "must be implemented compulsorily by the owners or conductors, for whatever reason, of agricultural land and non-agricultural areas, all phytosanitary measures for the prevention, control, eradication and containment of Xylella fastidiosa.
For the final adoption of these measures we will have to await the report the inspectors deliver to the European Commission containing their assessments after their week’s visit in Salento. Distributed two days ago, the inspectors have already expressed a very negative for blocking (and) grubbing because of protests in Oria and (other) vigils. In both municipalities activists are active from mid-April, two principals who watch in areas where there are grubbing. 
Any movement is monitored and, in some cases, even peacefully hindered, as was the case on June 11, in vigils, in the district Sferracavalli, where farmers and environmentalists have had a lively discussion with agronomists of CODILE (Consorzio difesa delle produzioni intensive della provincia di Lecce) intent on taking samples of olive branches to be analyzed in the laboratory. The opposition to grubbing is getting stronger, the world of science ask certain answers and, above all, solutions other than those involving a risk of desertification of southern Puglia. 
The only certainty so far is that of about 15,000 samples analyzed only 263 trees were infected by Xylella.
Despite the absence of this pest in Brazil, Agronomica is able to detect it by molecular analysis. Please, call us.


Sobre Eric Boa

A carreira profissional do escocês Ph.D. em Fitopatologia Eric Boa se estende por 23 anos e tem raízes na pesquisa agrícola. Tem experiência em treinamento em diagnóstico fitossanitário para engenheiros agrônomos, inspetores fitossanitários, equipes de assistência técnica, agricultores, comerciantes agrícolas e muitos outros na América Latina, África, Ásia e Europa, por mais de 20 anos. Trabalhou durante 15 anos como pesquisador no CABI, organização filantrópica internacional focada em melhorar a vida da população levando conhecimento científico para resolver problemas da agricultura e meio ambiente. É expert em saúde de plantas, sistemas agroflorestais (bambu) e florestais não madeireiros (selvagem útil fungos); e prestação de serviços nas áreas comuns ("GOING PUBLIC").