Finding of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex in the Occitanie region (France)
In France, Xylella fastidiosa (EPPO A2 List) was first reported in 2015 (EPPO RS 2015/144). It currently occurs in Corse, as well as the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (RS 2016/193, 2019/187). Eradication and monitoring measures are conducted.
The NPPO of France recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the finding of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex in a nursery in the Occitanie region. The bacterium was detected during routine monitoring on 4 plants of hybrid lavender (Lavandula x intermedia) in a nursery. Traceback studies are being conducted to find the origin of the outbreak. Eradication measures are applied according to EU Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1201.
The pest status of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex in France is officially declared as: Present, under eradication, only in some parts of the Member State concerned.
NPPO of France (2020-09).
Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation (2020-09-04) Santé des végétaux : un premier foyer de la bactérie Xylella fastidiosa détecté en Occitanie https://agriculture.gouv.fr/sante-des-vegetaux-un-premier-foyer-de-la-bacterie-xylella-fastidiosa-detecte-en-occitanie
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1201 of 14 August 2020 as regards measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Union of Xylella fastidiosa (Wells et al.).