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Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Deadly olive tree disease across Europe ‘could cost billions’

Science
Researchers say the economic costs of a deadly pathogen affecting olive trees in Europe could run to over €20 billion.They've modelled the future worst impacts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen which has killed swathes of trees in Italy. Spread by insects, the bacterium now poses a potential threat to olive plantations in Spain and Greece. The disease could increase the costs of olive oil for consumers.Xylella is considered to be one of the most dangerous pathogens for plants anywhere in the world. At present there is no cure for the infection. It can infect cherry, almond and plum trees as well as olives. It has become closely associated with olives after a strain was discovered in trees in Puglia in Italy in 2013. The organism...
Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

World
Officials in the last rebel outpost in Syria have told Sky News an estimated 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes due to a recent surge in violence in Idlib province.We gained exclusive access to the last rebel outpost of Idlib and saw people sheltering in olive groves after fleeing from the renewed fighting. Three women were recovering after giving birth there. Sky News witnessed at first hand the breaching of the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey - and spoke to terrified and angry people who are now threatening to force their way out of Syria, to head to Turkey and Europe in an attempt to find a safe haven.The huge numbers of displaced people inside Syria have prompted fresh concerns about another mass migration unless the fighting is stopped. ...
Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Olive tree killer disease still poses risk to Europe

Science
Southern Europe countries are said to be at the greatest risk from a deadly disease described as a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry.The European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) says computer modelling has helped understand how it spreads, but there is no cure for infected plants.Experts describe Xylella as one of the "most dangerous pathogens worldwide".It was first recorded in Italy in 2013, and has since spread to other European nations.Olive killer disease reaches Spain"One of the problems of Xylella is that is a bit of a silent spreader," explained Dr Stephen Parnell from the University of Salford and chairman of the EFSA's working group on Xylella fastidiosa pest risk assessment."You can have different lengths ...