Xylella fastidiosa: knowledge gaps and research priorities for the EU

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More than 100 scientists and other experts from around the world will meet this week to propose and discuss research initiatives that can further scientific understanding of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium and help find solutions for its control. Registration for the meeting is closed but the opening and closing plenary meetings will be streamed live via the EFSA website.

As well as the two plenary meetings, four breakout sessions will look at:

Surveillance and detection.
The vectors: identity, biology, epidemiology and control.
The plants: host range, breeding, resistance and certification.
The pathogen: biology, genetics, control.

The workshop – to be held in Brussels on 12-13 November – is hosted by EFSA in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Research and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Health and Food Safety.

X. fastidiosa is one of the most dangerous plant pathogens worldwide, damaging important crops including fruit trees, grapevine and ornamentals. Emergency measures have been in place in the EU since the first outbreak of X. fastidiosa in the territory in 2013.

See the full programme here.

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