Science magazine: “The establishment of X. fastidiosa in Italy has been an agricultural, environmental, political, and cultural disaster.”

Above: An ancient olive grove in Salento where Pierce’s Disease-affected trees have been grubbed up. “The establishment of Xylella fastidiosa in Italy has been an agricultural, environmental, political, and cultural disaster.” These are the words of U.C. Berkeley scientist Rodrigo P. P. Almeida who warns in a Science essay published last week that the march […]

Pierce’s Disease Crisis in Puglia: EU report marks step in the right direction

Here’s a translation of the sign above: “Attention: You are now leaving an area infected with Xylella fastidiosa [Pierce’s Disease]. Do not remove plants or parts of plants. Let’s all work to stop the spread of the disease. Xylella fastidiosa can be stopped.” Yesterday, the European Food Safety Authority published a report entitled “Xylella ‘is […]

Puglia’s Pierce’s Disease crisis: Online English-language resources (before our trip)

Above: “Attention: You are entering an area infected by Xyella fastidiosa. Do not remove plants or parts of plants.” A sign in Puglia where the Pierce’s Disease crisis affecting olive growers remains unchecked (photo by Davide de Lentinis). Sorry to be a bummer the week before Christmas. But I wanted to share a couple of […]

Pierce’s Disease Crisis in Puglia: A new commissioner and a new plan

Above: “Attention: You are entering an area infected by Xyella fastidiosa. Do not remove plants or parts of plants.” A sign in Puglia where the Pierce’s Disease crisis affecting olive growers remains unchecked (photo by Davide de Lentinis). The Italian government has announced a plan and commission to combat the growing Pierce’s Disease crisis affecting […]

Pierce’s Disease crisis in Salento: A “crime against humanity”

The following note appeared last week in the comment thread of a Facebook photo album posted by Davide de Lentinis. He’s an online retailer of farming and gardening products who lives in Salento, Puglia, where olive trees are dying in a seemingly uncontainable Pierce’s Disease (Xylella fastidiosa) epidemic. In the introduction to the album, he […]

Coldiretti begins planting olive trees as growers in Salento continue to wait for government action

The Puglia chapter of Coldiretti, the Italian national confederation of farmers and food producers, has begun planting new olive trees in Puglia where olive groves have been decimated by Pierce’s Disease (image via Gianni Cantele’s Facebook). As literally thousands of infected olive trees are being grubbed up to stop the spread of the recent Pierce’s […]

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 […]

The cycle of life begins again in the vineyards as olive growers face a mounting crisis

“Signs of life as the vineyard reawakens,” writes winemaker Gianni Cantele on his Facebook earlier today. “Pruning gives new vigor to the vines for a vintage that we hope will be high in quality.” “I’m dedicating this images to all my friends who are olive growers. They are facing a true tragedy. And although they […]

Pierce’s Disease Crisis: Italian government declares state of emergency in Puglia

Above: Centuries-old olive trees in Puglia are being threatened by an alarming outbreak of xylella fastidiosa, also known as Pierce’s Disease. Olive groves and olive oil production are central to the Pugliese economy. More than two months have passed since Puglia President Nicola Vendola wrote to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi asking for emergency aid as […]