Xylella Awareness Week Workshop with BRIGIT

Friday 5th March 2021, 09:30 – 12:30

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Xylella is a bacterial pathogen, spread by spittlebugs, which has emerged in importance since being detected in continental Europe in 2013. Xylella is not currently present in the UK. The pathogen infects more than 500 plant, shrub and tree species, causing leaf scorch, wilt, die-back, and in some cases plant death. There is no known cure for the disease.

The BRIGIT project works to improve our understanding of the disease so that the UK is better prepared should it be introduced.

This session aims to provide an update of our understanding for those who work at or volunteer with botanic and public gardens, environmental and conservation groups and other interested members of the public. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss the science.

Join session chairs Ana Pérez-Sierra (ForestResearch) and Saskia Hogenhout (John Innes Centre) for sessions looking at the biology of the disease and disease vectors, current regulations to limit its spread (including impact of Brexit) and the latest research findings. Please see the programme below or the programme can be downloaded here.

To book a FREE place at this workshop, complete the registration form.