On 28 September 2017, the Regional Government of Comunitat Valenciana and the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) organized the conference “Current situation and perspectives of the diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa in the Mediterranean Basin” in Valencia, Spain. This conference raised a lot of interest among stakeholders and it was massively followed by live streaming.
The day after the conference, some of the POnTE researchers who gave talks at the symposium visited the demarcated area for X. fastidiosa in Alicante province. The visit was organized by the head officials of the Plant Health Authority of Comunitat Valenciana. The coordinator of the POnTE project, Dr Donato Boscia (CNR-IPSP), Dr Blanca Landa and Juan A. Navas from IAS-CSIC, as well as Dr Ester Marco and Dr Antonio Vicent from IVIA joined the field visit. Dr Mariano Cambra and Dr María M. López from the Scientific Committee of POnTE and XF-ACTORS, respectively, also visited the Guadalest Valley in Alicante.
POnTE researchers had the opportunity to see by themselves how the measures established by the Commission Decision (EU) 2015/789 are being implemented in the demarcated area for X. fastidiosa. Fruitful comments and discussions were shared among scientists and plant health officials on the field site.