Xylella found in Portugal for first time

Xylella fastidiosa has been identified in lavender plants in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

The sample was collected by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the North within the framework of the National Program for Prospecting the bacteria, according to the Portuguese Association of Plant and Flower Producers.

Work will continue on the removal of sensitive plants within a radius of 100 metres, as well as the collection of samples. 

Meanwhile, the process of identifying the flora sensitive to the bacterial agent will begin within a radius of a 5km buffer zone, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) and with the Municipal Chambers of Vila Nova de Gaia and Gondomar.

Xylella has established in parts of Italy, Spain and France since 2013, causing an estimated £1.2bn damage.

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