Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a Multidisciplinary-Oriented Research Strategy


The main objective is to accomplish researches and innovation actions to improve the prevention, early detection and control of Xylella Fastidiosa under different phytosanitary conditions (EU Implementing Decision 789/2015: “pest-free areas”, “buffer zones” and “infected zones”); and maximize the impacts of the EU research programs by ensuring coordination and integration amongst research groups and networks with long lasting experience and/or involved in ongoing international research programs on Xf.


The main achievements obtained up to date in the research on the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa by POnTE and XF-ACTORS have been resumed in a technical report that summarizes the findings presented during the European conference on Xylella fastidiosa and the annual meetings of the projects. Entitled “European research on Xylella fastidiosa”, this document provides a snapshot of the current EU research programs and an update of the most relevant results addressing this emerging pathogen accomplished by both projects. The document reports on the research tasks investigating multiple aspects of the diseases caused by X. fastidiosa: the genetic and biology of the pathogen, the vector(s), the host plants, the spread patterns, diagnosis and early detection, modelling and tools for risk assessment.

Impact in international / European cooperation

XF-ACTORS project is based on a multifactorial intervention counteracting Xf threat, covering the whole spectrum of actions from prevention of pathogen entrance in pest-free areas to its successful eradication and containment strategies in infected zones. The key scope of this action is to set up a multi-actor approach, covering all aspects involved in this step-by-step strategy, with a full awareness of environmental, economic and social impacts, concerning any stage of the intervention.

At a glance

Funding programme Horizon2020
Thematic area Spotlight on critical outbreak of pests: the case of Xylella fastidiosa
Duration November 2016 — October 2020
Budget €7,064,125
Keywords Bacteriology, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Disease Control, Resistance, Genetics
Coordinator Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy