The University of Costa Rica organises a workshop on the Xylella fastidiosa host status of P. roebelenii palm

Being involved in POnTE and XF-ACTORS projects, the University of Costa Rica is currently cooperating with the National phytosanitary authorities to investigate the role of the palm tree Phoenix roebelenii as host of Xylella fastidiosa.

The closing of the plant exporting market from Costa Rica to Europe has had an important social and economic impact, and more than 1,000 people, among palm growers, have already lost their job or their investments. In this context, the University of Costa Rica, in collaboration with the Costa Rican National Phytosanitary Service and the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), has organised an informative workshop directed to growers and people involved in this market to increase awareness about the bacteria, the current situation in Europe and how POnTE and XF-ACTORS will contribute to searching for solutions and policy making decisions.

The event will be held on May 5, 2017 at the UNA auditorium, in Sarapiquì.