A conference in Mallorca on “Xylella fastidiosa: from the global threat to the local situation”

A conference on Xylella fastidiosa, aiming at providing key information from global point of view to the local situation in Balearic Islands, will be held at the University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca. The event, organised by INAGEA (Instituto de Investigaciones Agroambientales y de Economía del Agua), CSIC and FUEIB (Fundaciò Universitat Empresa de Les Illes Balears), with the participation of POnTE and XF-ACTORS Projects, will take place on June 16.

The conference will include lectures on the following topics:

Epidemiology of diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa

Dr. Alexander H. Purcell, Professor Emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. He is a recognized international expert on the global situation of Xylella and has been assessing the situation in all the countries where the bacterium has been detected.

Potential vectors of Xylella fastidiosa: current situation in Spain

Dr. Alberto Fereres, Research Professor at the Spanish Research Council, ICA-CSIC in Madrid. He has an extensive experience on the study of the bioecology and behaviour of vectors of plant diseases. Nowadays, he participates in the European projects XF-ACTORS and PONTE conducting the surveillance for vector species of X. fastidiosa in mainland Spain as well as studies on the biology and behaviour of Philaenus spumarius.

Situation of Xylella fastidiosa in the Balearics: a look to the future

Dr. Diego Olmo García, Expert on phytopathology working at the Laboratory of Plant Health of the Government of the Balearic Islands and as Assistant Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands. He is currently in charge of the diagnostic test of Xylella fastidiosa in the Balearics.

Presence of the vector species of Xylella fastidiosa in Mallorca

Dr. Miguel Ángel Miranda, Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Zoology, Department of Biology in the University of the Balearic Islands and researcher in the INAGEA. He has been working the last 20 years on the bioecology and control of plant pests and currently, he is coordinating the research activity on the vectors of Xylella fastidiosa in the Balearic Islands.

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