New York Times coverage of Pierce’s Disease crisis

We began posting about the Pierce’s Disease (Xylella fastidiosa) crisis in Puglia late last year.

Today, the New York Times reports that “scientists estimate that one million olive trees in the peninsula, known as the Salento, are infected with the bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, a figure that could rise rapidly.”

“For Italy, which trails only Spain in annual olive oil production, the outbreak has forced a bitter bargain: To prevent the bacterium from spreading north, officials are trying to quarantine the outbreak in the lower half of the Salento, where most of the contaminated trees are, by carving a buffer zone that would serve as a sort of biological firebreak.”

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olive tree pugliaImage via Yellow Cat.

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  1. Pingback: Coldiretti begins planting olive trees as growers in Salento continue to wait for government action | Cantele USA

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