The guidance is available on the APHA website together with other information on host plants and demarcated areas within the EU that have been demarcated due to the presence of this pathogen.
This guide is intended for growers, retailers, landscapers, garden designers, traders and anyone involved in importing plants, including from within the EU.
- There are known outbreaks of Xylella fastidiosa in Italy, France (Corsica and mainland France). An outbreak in the UK could lead to destruction of host plants within 100 m, and a 10 km movement ban for host plants for five years.
- The host list is likely to increase and includes trees, shrubs and herbaceous. Keep checking: http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity/legislation/emergency _measures/index_en.htm
- Landscapers, designers, retailers and anyone directly importing plants are now subject to the same stringent measures as growers and suppliers. A new plant passporting obligation for all ‘professional operators’ has been introduced, which requires that the movement of all ‘host plants’ across the EU must be accompanied by a plant passport.
- Anyone importing host plants from the EU needs to ensure they are accompanied by a plant passport confirming they have been sourced from disease free areas/sites.
- Be vigilant for signs of X. fastidiosa and report any sightings.