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Monday, 19 March 2018 09:46

ceiA3 researcher Blanca Landa: "The risk of spreading of the Xylella will always exist, that's why we should never let our guard down"

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After the last report of the Balearic Government on new positive outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa in the Spanish islands, the researcher Blanca Landa from IAS-CSIC (Institute for Sustainable Agriculture), integrated into ceiA3, explained that as samplings are carried out new positives appear in the Balearic Islands and predicts that "in spring and summer it is very likely that many more cases will be detected." Regarding a possible spread of the disease from Alicante to the rest of the peninsula, the expert stresses that "if the infected plants are not eliminated, the risk will always exist, that's why we should never lower our guard".

The measures are appropriate and the regulations issued by the EU are being complied, says the researcher: "From Europe a very strict follow-up is made to Spain to see how things are being done." The recent European audit in the Balearic Islands has supported the measures that are being taken. An average of about 90% of all positives are eradicated.

"These outbreaks are of new affected species; for example, it has recently appeared in walnut trees. In total there are already 18 different species and by the end of the year we are likely to have many more, as has happened in Italy and Corsica", predicts the researcher.

Regarding the situation of the disease in the almond tree in Alicante, for Landa, "farmers are not making it very easy; the only option that exists at the moment in which a new localized focus of Xylella is detected is to uproot the trees from the affected plots, as required by European regulations, and there is a strong block to carry this measure out."

"What has happened in the Balearic Islands can happen in other parts of Spain. What we know is that the samplings that are being carried out in all the Autonomous Communities indicate that at the moment the disease does not exist in any another place. But the territory can not be sampled 100%. The important thing is that the samplings continue in a detailed manner so that, if there is any other focus, it is detected as soon as possible," the researcher details.

"The risk will always exist, that's why we should never lower our guard", concludes Blanca Landa.

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