Xylella fastidiosa is a vector-transmitted bacterial plant pathogen associated with serious diseases in a wide range of plants. It is therefore urgent to find measures to directly control, not only the vector but also the bacterium.
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A key strategy in reducing Xylella fastidiosa infection in olive trees is to limit transmission of the pathogen by the xylem-sap feeding Philaenus spumarius (‘meadow spittlebug’). This polyphagous insect is the main Xf-vector in Italy and on almond in Mallorca and is widespread throughout Europe.
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