Latest European Research on Xylella fastidiosa

This report covers the latest major achievements into research on the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa by POnTE and XF-ACTORS projects.

The report summarises the findings presented during the European conference on Xylella fastidiosa and the annual meetings of the projects held November 2017 held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The conference was organized in 8 sessions, covering all aspects related to the bacterium, and was attended by more than 260 participants from 20 EU and 14 non-EU countries among researchers, national authorities and international organizations, EFSA and EU officials, stakeholders, the private sector and the press. The conference was followed by the annual meetings of the projects, attended by project members and stakeholders whose business is affected by the spread of X. fastidiosa.

Entitled “European research on Xylella fastidiosa”, this document provides a snapshot of the current EU research programs and an update of the most relevant results addressing this emerging pathogen accomplished by both projects. The document reports on the research tasks investigating multiple aspects of the diseases caused by X. fastidiosa: the genetic and biology of the pathogen, the vector(s), the host plants, the spread patterns, diagnosis and early detection, modelling and tools for risk assessment

~ Insights into the genetics and genomics of  Xylella fastidiosa
~ Biology of Xylella fastidiosa : pathogenicity and host interactions 
~ Insect vectors of Xylella fastidiosa
~ Disease control in host plants
~ Diagnostic and tools for early detection
~ Disease dynamics, modelling and pest risk assessment
~ Feedback from stakeholders
~ Overall concluding remarks 
Read the entire report here