Another virulent infection with no cure striking fear across the world: Xylella. Has dessicated 23,000 hectares of olive groves in S. Italy. Now in France, Germany & Spain. R rate of 19. Spread by insects & infected plant imports. 520 UK species at risk, especially olive, coffee plants, lavender, grapevines, cherry, almond, oak. Early detection, rapid response & strict hygiene (disinfect people/ equipment) critical. Xylella is no. 1 risk to UK horticulture & landscape. In June, EU stopped UK import ban of risky plants. Extend an olive branch?
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