First report of Xylella on the mainland of Spain

The analysis made at the National Reference Laboratory for Phytopathogenic Bacteria of Spanish Agriculture Ministry, that is the Bacteriology Lab of Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), confirmed the results of the Plant Health Service of the “Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural” of the Autonomous Community of Valencia (Spain) on the detection of Xylella fastidiosa in several trees of an almond orchard in the municipality of Guadalest, in the Marina Baixa region of Alicante Province. The subspecies of the bacterium has not been determined yet. In Spain, Xylella fastidiosa was previously detected in the Balearic Islands in November 2016, but this is the first record on the mainland Spain and Iberian Peninsula as a whole.

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