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June 2020
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RESEARCH
THE MAIN RESEARCH OUTCOMES FROM THE 2ND REPORTING PERIOD OF XF-ACTORS

Last April the review process of the 2nd Project Report (from May 2018 to October 2019) was successfully approved and completed.

The technical report summarizing the work carried out between May 2018 and October 2019 was submitted in January 2020 and presented to the European Commission during the review meeting in February 2020. After finalizing the comments received by the reviewers the report was finally approved last April. The activities and the results reported in this 2nd report provide a significant contribution to the knowledge on Xylella fastidiosa widening the studies realised in the first Reporting Period. 
 
More information here.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT XYLELLA?

The researchers of POnTE Project, in collaboration with a professional agency, made public available informative material to help spreading scientific-based information and promoting adoption of control strategies.

Read the full article via XF-ACTORS WEBSITE
NEWS & EVENTS
PLANT HEALTH POLICY – UPDATE OF THE MEASURES TO CONTROL XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA

The EU Commission launched the public consultation for implementing the regulation on measures to control Xylella fastidiosa.
The draft of the new act that will replace the EU Decision 2015/789 is now public available:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12439-Update-of-measures-to-control-Xylella-fastidiosa

The Commission would like to hear your views. Draft acts are open for feedback for 4 weeks (from 9th June to 7th July 2020) and published online. Feedback will be taken into account for finalising this initiative. 

More info: https://www.xfactorsproject.eu/press_review/update-on-plant-health-measures-to-control-the-bacterial-pest-xylella-fastidiosa/
 
GUIDELINES FOR STATISTICALLY SOUND AND RISK‐BASED SURVEYS OF XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA

At the request of the European Commission, to support the EU Member States, EFSA prepared specific guidelines for the survey of Xylella fastidiosa.
The guidelines include three different survey designs:
  • detection surveys to substantiate pest freedom;
  • delimiting surveys to determine the boundaries of an infested zone;
  • buffer zone surveys to monitor a zone ensuring pest detection at a low level of prevalence.
The approach and tools provided for the specific surveys of X. fastidiosa are quite flexible and the success of the design procedure relies on the technical aspects of the survey preparation and the involvement of risk managers.

Read the full report via EFSA online library.

 
EFSA - XYLELLA: 37 NEW PLANT SPECIES ADDED TO HOST LIST

Thirty-seven new plant species have been identified as hosts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen. The newly identified hosts are included in the latest update of EFSA’s database of plants that act as hosts for X. fastidiosa. The list now comprises 595 plant species; for 343 of the species, infection has been identified by at least two detection methods under natural or experimental conditions.

Read the full article and the scientific report via EFSA website and online library.

SPECIAL ISSUE “INTEGRATING SCIENCE ON XANTHOMONAS AND XYLELLA FOR INTEGRATED PLANT DISEASE MANAGEMENT”

As an output of the EuroXanth COST Action, the four Working Group Leaders Joana Costa, Joël F. Pothier, Jens Boch and Emilio Stefani, together with the Chair Ralf Koebnik, will edit a Special Issue “Integrating Science on Xanthomonas and Xylella for Integrated Plant Disease Management”.

This publication will appear in the MDPI journal Microorganisms (IF 4.2 in 2018). We encourage researchers to submit their research papers, commentaries or reviews addressing various
aspects of the investigation on Xylella fastidiosa.

The deadline for manuscript submission is January 31, 2021.
For further information:https://www.xfactorsproject.eu/special-issue-integrating-science-on-xanthomonas-and-xylella-for-integrated-plant-disease-management/
 

 

COVID19 IMPACT ON XF-ACTORS PROJECT

The measures implemented in different Countries to fight COVID19 emergence had determined severe work restrictions during the last three months, with mitigation measures still in place and  impacting the access to greenhouses, lab and field trials. As such, several experimental activities ongoing in the framework of the project XF-ACTORS have been interrupted or were slowed down. To overcome risks of failure to achieve some objectives an extension to the project duration has been requested, in compliance with the art. 51 of the grant agreement (Force Majeure) through an amendment currently under assessment.

The new project end is proposed to be April, 2021.


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All Books, Project Publications by XF-ACTORS and Other publications on Xylella fastidiosa are available at: http://www.xfactorsproject.eu/publications/
PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES
All Books, Project Publications by XF-ACTORS and Other publications on Xylella fastidiosa are available at: https://www.xfactorsproject.eu/project/
MULTIMEDIA
NPR RADIO  - A Deadly Bacteria Kills Olive Trees - 05/05/2020
Maria Saponari compares Xylella to the coronavirus. Just as COVID-19 keeps oxygen from reaching our vital organs, she says, Xylella clogs the inside of olive trees so they can’t absorb water.
Read the full article via NPR | by Joanna Kakissis
Listen to the full interview – with transcript | via NPR
Webinars XF-Actors Project
The sixth educational webinar organized by XF-ACTORS will be held on July 6 2020 at 11 a.m. CEST and will be focused on the “Guidelines for statistically sound and risk-based surveys of Xylella fastidiosa” recently pubhlished by EFSA.
The webinar will serve to support the application and implementation of statistically  sound  and  risk-based surveys. These guidelines describe a methodology based on flexible approaches, allowing surveys to be tailored to each specific situation in the Member States, taking into  account  the  host  plants,  vectors,  climate  suitability  and  resources  available. Given the importance of the involvement of risk managers for the survey preparation, the webinar aims to present the underpinning concepts of a pest freedom survey, statistically sound and risk based, illustrating the approach with a simulation on a Buffer zone survey using EFSA RiBESS+ software.
The webinar is free of charge, with registration required; the language will be English and its length will be approximately one hour with a share (15′) intended for questions and discussion. Stay tuned to gather more information on the agenda and the registration link.
In case you missed any of them or you want to watch one of them again, check out this page on our web site: we collected all our educational webinars in a single player.

Register now
Read and download the agenda
 

ACTION: VIDEOS FROM PROJECTS  -
Call for volunteers for REA's #MyJobinResearch campaign


REA invited project coordinators to explain in a nice video of 15 seconds their job in research.

How to participate

To participate follow these easy steps:

  • Film a video with your mobile or camera (max 15 seconds) where you describe your job, or the main outcome of your research project in few short sentences.
  • Send via email to REA-INFO@ec.europa.eu:
    • Your video
    • The text for the subtitles  
    • Consent form duly completed
  • Don’t forget to read the Data Protection Notice informing you of how we process your personal data for this challenge and how you can exercise your rights.

The deadline for submitting videos is 30 June 2020.

For the latest information on: detections of Xylella in Europe, research outcomes, international and national meetings, policy changes and scientific information on Xylella fastidiosa please visit the website of XF-ACTORS
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The project XF-ACTORS is a 4-year multi-actor project started in November 2016 and entirely dedicated to research on Xylella fastidiosa.

The consortium gathers 29 partners from all over the world, and integrates the expertise on different fields such as plant pathology, entomology, modelling, risk assessment and social sciences with the active involvement of farmers and nurserymen.
XF-ACTORS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 727987

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