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Parliamentary questions
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2 July 2015
Question for written answer P-010709-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Xylella fastidiosa emergency and spread of the bacterium
 Answer in writing 

Xylella fastidiosa is a quarantine bacterium that was first detected in the Puglia region of Italy in 2013. Scientific studies have been conducted into the relationship between the European strain of the Xylella fastidiosa subspecies pauca and the disease that is killing olive trees in Italy, where it is called complesso di disseccamento rapido dell'olivo (CoDiRO). However, there is still much uncertainty as to the true extent of the disease in Puglia.

1. Given the above, can the Commission provide details of the estimated number of infected olive trees and of the number and geographical location of trees that have been tested, the results of the individual tests and the statistical methods used to estimate the spread of the epidemic?

2. Can it say how the epidemic has developed since data on it first started being collected?

3. Can it say what protocols are normally used to diagnose the infection?

Original language of question: IT 
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