2nd Issue - August 2018
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Research outcomes on Xylella fastidiosa now available in French, Italian and Spanish

The technical report resuming the main achievements obtained up to date in the research on Xylella by POnTE and XF-ACTORS projects has been translated in several languages and it is available in open access.

Download the report here.
EFSA – Updated pest categorisation of Xylella fastidiosa 

Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) updated its pest categorisation of Xylella fastidiosa, providing extended and updated information on the pathogen. 
Download it here.
Screening of olive cultivars for searching sources of resistance to Xylella fastidiosa
A research program is ongoing in Apulia (Italy) to identify olive cultivars with genetic traits of resistance to the bacterial infections of Xylella. In 2018, 26 additional cultivars have been inoculated with the Apulian strain of XylellaFind out more.
Summer School – Xylella fastidiosa: Detection, epidemiology and control measures

September 10-October 17, Bari, Italy 
Find out more
Advanced course – Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: Detection, identification, monitoring and control.
November 12-16, Zaragoza, Spain 
Find out more
EIP-AGRI Focus Group: Pests and diseases of the olive tree. Applications deadline: 10 September 2018
The Focus Group will start working in January 2019 with up to 20 experts among farmers, scientists, stakeholders and civil society.
- 23 July: EPG combined with micro-CT and video recording reveals new insights on the feeding behavior of Philaenus spumarius (XF-ACTORS)

- 10 July: Efficacy of natural and synthetic insecticides against Philaenus spumarius tested in Apulia (XF-ACTORS)

- 25 June: Flying cameras can spot lethal disease sweeping through world's olive groves (The Guardian)

All Books, Project Publications by XF-ACTORS and Other publications on Xylella fastidiosa are available at:
Superquark - La Xylella fastidiosa - 18/07/18
Superquark - the most popular Tv program in Italy for nature, science and technology - walks us through the recent spread of Xylella fastidiosa in the Italian region of Apulia, by recalling the causes and the reasons why the bacterium is so difficult to control. (The program is in Italian)  
BBC 2 - Gardeners' World - Xylella alert - 26/07/18
The popular UK Tv program focuses on the potential threat that Xylella poses to the plants in the UK. Adam Frost talks to Geraint Richards at Highgrove to find out what it has to be done to keep Xylella out of the UK.
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
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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