Olive trees: MEPs to demand answers on how to tackle spread of killer bacteria

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Source: European Parliament

Parliament will quiz the Commission Thursday morning on plans to tackle the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, which have infected several thousand hectares of olive plantations in Italy, and prevent it spreading to other EU regions. The Commission will also be asked to respond to the question on how they will compensate any growers whose trees have to be destroyed.

MEPs also want the Commission to pursue research to eradicate deadly plant diseases caused by pathogens such as Xylella fastidiosa and Black Spot in citrus imports from South Africa. They will ask whether it is ready to tighten restrictions on plant imports.

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