On March 2, 2017, an informative day about Xyella fastidiosa took place in the village of Vallada, in Valencia, Spain, organised by an important farmer’s association, La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders, that has a great interest in warning their members about the devastating effect of this pathogen. Vallada is located in an area with important olive oil production.
Two researchers of POnTE and XF-ACTORS Projects, Dr. A. Vicent and Dr. E. Marco-Noales, from IVIA (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias), participated in the event with two talks. Dr. Vicent explained the research developed in the two European Projects in the talk “European Projects for research on Xylella fastidiosa: POnTE and XF-ACTORS”, whereas Dr. Marco-Noales exposed the threat of X. fastidiosa for agriculture and, particularly, for crops of this geographical zone, in the talk entitled “Enfermedades y efectos ocasionados por Xyllela fastidiosa”.
Moreover, an entomologist of Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Ferrán García Marí, and the Head of Health Plant Services of Comunidad Valenciana, Vicente Dalmau, also participated in the event talking about X. fastidiosa vectors and the Contingency Plan of the local government, respectively. Many people, mainly farmers worried and concerned about the risk of the appearance of this pathogen, attended to the event with great interest.
On March 7, a similar informative day was organised in Utiel, Valencia, an area with vineyards and important wine production. Dr. Marco-Noales talked there about “The threat of Xylella fastidiosa, the polyphagous bacterium”.