Inspections in Alicante confirm new positives of Xylella Fastidiosa on almond trees
As published on the 24th October, in the Official Bulletin of the Generalitat Valenciana (DOGV), the Regional Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed the fourth outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in Alicante, after detecting new positive results in plots of almond trees that are located in the same area where the previous outbreaks were found.
Sources of the regional government have indicated that upon inspecting more plots, they have found more positive outbreaks where others had already been detected, i.e.: in the regions of Marina Baixa, Marina Alta and El Comtat.
On the 20th of October, the European Commission was informed through the Regional Ministry, with the updated results obtained from the analysis and samplings carried out to date, which confirm 61 additional cases affected by Xylella, obtained from 58 plots that are located within the demarcated area where only almond trees hare affected.
According to the regional government’s decision, the areas considered to be “fully affected” by Xylella fastidiosa are: Alcalalí, Alcoleja, Almudaina, Altea, Balones, Benasau, Beniarbeig, Benidorm, Benifato, Benigembla, Benilloba, Benillup, Benimantell, Benimarfull, Benimeli, Benissa, Bolulla, Callosa d’En Sarrià, Calp, Castell de Castells, Confrides, Guadalest, Benitatell, Ràfol d’Almúnia, Facheca, Famorca, Finestrat, Gata, Gorga, L’Alfàs del Pi, La Nucía, La Vall d’Alcalà, La Vall de Laguar, Lliber, Millena, Murla, Orba, Parcent, Pedreguer, Planes, Polop, Quatretondeta, Sagra, Sanet and Negrals, Senija, Tárbena, Teulada, Tollos, Tormos and Xaló; in addition, another 21 municipalities are considered to be partially affected.
As reported in a statement made by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, the total amount of positives confirmed to date stand at 106, found on 86 plots of almond, whilst the analysis carried out on the vector insects captured in the area have given negative results. The treatment established for this pest, starts in the demarcated area with the use of insecticide, followed by uprooting and destruction of any hosts found in the 100 metres surrounding the focal point and by immobilizing plant material within the mentioned demarcated area.