Balearics government destroys 2,000 fruit trees to fight the ebola of the olive

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The regional government of the Balearic Islands has uprooted and destroyed approximately 2,000 fruit trees in its attempts to prevent the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa plant disease, sometimes known by botanists as the “ebola of the olive tree”.

The disease was first identified in the Balearics in October of last year at a garden centre in Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca, although the sub-species found is known to affect only cherry trees and oleanders, and a ban has been imposed on transporting these two species in an area of 15,000 hectares as a result.

In the intervening months more measures have been introduced to protect the 20,000 hectares of almonds, 10,000 hectares of olive trees and 2,000 hectares of vineyards which exist in the islands: these are small areas compared to those in other parts of Spain, but nonetheless they are of great importance to the agriculture and environment of the Balearics.

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Balearics government destroys 2,000 fruit trees to fight the ebola of the olive
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The regional government of the Balearic Islands has uprooted and destroyed approximately 2,000 fruit trees in its attempts to prevent the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa plant disease, sometimes known by botanists as the “ebola of the olive tree”.

The disease was first identified in the Balearics in October of last year at a garden centre in Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca, although the sub-species found is known to affect only cherry trees and oleanders, and a ban has been imposed on transporting these two species in an area of 15,000 hectares as a result.

In the intervening months more measures have been introduced to protect the 20,000 hectares of almonds, 10,000 hectares of olive trees and 2,000 hectares of vineyards which exist in the islands: these are small areas compared to those in other parts of Spain, but nonetheless they are of great importance to the agriculture and environment of the Balearics.

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