Bacteria behind lethal vine disease found on French soil

Bacteria behind lethal vine disease found on French soil

The Xylella fastidiosa bacteria has been discovered on the island of Corsica, just over 18 months after its first recorded appearance in Europe, in olive groves in Italy. News of its spread to Corsica prompted a fierce reaction from Europe’s plant protection organisation (EPPO), which said this week that ‘eradication measures have been immediately implemented’. It is a potentially worrying development for wine producers – and wine drinkers.

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