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Xylella fastidiosa is a plant pathogen transmitted by xylem-feeding insects to more than 500 plant species. Introduction of X. fastidiosa into the UK is highly likely and it would lead to major damage to crops, ornamental plants and forest trees.
The overall aim of the BRIGIT project is to enhance diagnostics, identify factors that could lead to spread and formulate response strategies to mitigate the devastating effects of X. fastidiosa.
The BRIGIT transdisciplinary consortium involves scientists across a spectrum of biological and social sciences, including genomics and molecular biology, social anthropology, plant pathology, entomology and ecology, and engages stakeholders and policymakers.
WP1. Co-design, crowd sourcing and knowledge exchange.
WP2. Enhancing diagnostic capabilities.
WP3. Investigating insect vector biology.
WP4. Xylella fastidiosa epidemiology modelling.
Forest Research is involved in the four working packages of BRIGIT.
FR leads WP1 "Co-design, crowd sourcing and knowledge exchange", manages aims in WP2 (Improving and optimisation of the diagnostics of X. fastidiosa on tree hosts to enhance detection sensitivity and reliability) and WP4 (Human pathways of X. fastidiosa spread) and are team members in the four working packages.
Xylella fastidiosa is a disease-causing bacterium that affects a wide range of important woody plants and broadleaved trees. It invades the xylem vessels that transport water throughout plants, and causes symptoms ranging from leaf scorch to tree dieback and death. In the natural environment it is transmitted by xylem-fluid feeding insects such as leafhoppers. Until […]
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