Plant Problems – Xylella

Nothing for you to worry about?

from Horticulture Trade Association:

“Xylella fastidiosa is one of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world. It can cause severe losses in a wide range of hosts and there would be a massive impact on the plant trade across all business sectors in the event of an outbreakin the UK.

An outbreak of this disease, where several different plants are infected, will trigger immediate stock destruction within 100 metres and a movement ban of host plants within a 10-kilometre radius for up to five years. This will dramatically and immediately affect most plant selling operations, as well as impacting on all businesses dealing in plants within the 10km zone. Gardens could also be affected.”

(https://hta.org.uk/assurance-compliance/plant-and-disease-alert-xylella-fastidiosa.html)

 

RHS plant health head Gerard Clover said: “Xylella is a game-changer for gardeners and the horticultural industry and it is vital that we understand its potential impact. Unusually, the disease threatens not just one host but hundreds of different types of garden plants and its impact has been felt dramatically in France, Spain and especially Italy where entire groves of ancient olive trees have been wiped out. The question for the UK is not ‘if’ but ‘when’ the UK will have its first outbreak of Xylella and the industry and public must be prepared for the far-reaching impact of it.”

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