Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a multidisciplinary-Oriented Research Strategy

Expected impact

scientific, social and economics achievements

Results from XF-ACTORS will generate multidisciplinary scientifically-based knowledge, competencies and skills needed to fill critical research needs, technology gaps and transnational priorities toward improving EU prevention measures (legislative provisions, technical procedures, means of disease control, etc.). Altogether, the expected results of the project aim to mitigate the significant economic impact in the current contaminated areas and in the unlikely event that Xf infections reach and spread into new EU areas.

Furthermore XF-ACTORS provides new data and strengthen existing measures to prevent Xf invasions in new European regions and/or countries. Given the high number of host’s families characterizing the native European species, the bacteria could significantly impact crops and natural environments.

Other expected impacts:

  • The development of basic scientific knowledge on relevant X. fastidiosa strains (host range, pathogenicity, population genetic).
  • The use of tools for early detection surveillance programs landscape-scale early detection and damage mapping of Xf outbreaks.
  • The capacity of farmers to manage the disease and prevent further economic losses in crops activities will be related to different case studies, so that differences across production systems that may affect the effectiveness of the measures are taken into account. Such results will represent long-term strategies based on crop management.
  • Building capacity and competence of plant health authorities to strengthen the EU plant health regime, to implement harmonized national certification programs including methodology and procedures ensuring the Xf-free status of the materials produced and moved in EU.
  • Establish more effective mechanisms and tools for risk assessment and prevention, as well as guidelines for Eradication.
  • Knowledge of plant genetic markers for future breeding activities aimed towards more resistant plant varieties.