Progress continues against Xylella fastidiosa in Spain, Portugal and Italy

On January 22 and 23, a technical meeting on the European Life Resilience project was held in Madrid to analyze the activities carried out to date and the tasks to be carried out in the coming months.

The main objective of this project, co-financed by the Life program of the European Union, and which has a total budget close to three million euros, is to develop olive varieties that are as tolerant as possible to Xylella fastidiosa and other pathogens , minimizing the losses that an infected plantation entails so far, as well as implementing sustainable practices that help prevent the spread of the bacteria and increase resistance to outbreaks of pests and pathogens.

This meeting was attended by the different partners that make up the Life Resilience Galpagro, Agrodrone, Asaja, Agrifood Communication, University of Córdoba, CNR IVALSA, Nutriprado, Salov and SACH project, as well as Transfer Consultancy as Compliance Manager and Ideagro as a technology partner.

During the two days that set up the day, the training material was presented that includes the basic information on the strategies and techniques to be implemented in the three demonstration farms that are part of this project and that are located in Spain, Portugal and Italy. This training is aimed at project partners and subsequently, it will be transmitted to the workforce directly involved in the implementation of the strategies. 

In addition, during the meeting the results obtained in one of the first actions of the project were presented, which has consisted of making an inventory of the soil, of the vector insects and other basic parameters in all the demonstration farms, thus characterizing the initial situation of each estate. This information has been the starting point to establish the design of good practice strategies to be implemented in each of these areas.

Researchers at the University of Córdoba have made different crossings to obtain resistant varieties to Xylella fastidiosa and have already been planted on experimental farms to study their evolution. This year, the planting of the new generation of crosses will be carried out to evaluate its performance.