XF-ACTORS – Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a multidisciplinary-Oriented Research Strategy

XF-ACTORS wants establish an interdisciplinary research framework to answer the urgent need to improve prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) throughout EU territory.

48 months from 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2020
Funded by
  • European Commission

Coordinating organization
  • CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General aims

The main objective is to accomplish research and innovation actions to improve the prevention, early detection and control of Xf 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.

Specific objectives are:

  • Strengthen preventive measures by consolidating expertise and awareness of plant health agencies, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop techniques for the early detection of Xf symptoms from the leaf level to the landscape scale.
  • Fill the research gaps on the Xf biology, population genetics, mechanisms of interaction with the host and xylem-sap feeder bio-ecology, to identify processes involving Xf vectoring and transmission.
  • Develop new and innovative management strategies and establish an integrated framework of sustainable approaches aiming at minimizing the economic, environmental and social impacts of Xf infections in the EU territory.
  • Integrate research data outcomes to develop pest risk assessment tools at a regional scale.
  • Establish a platform for adequate results’ communication, dissemination and transfer across the various actors involved.


Besides Work Packages (WP) on Project Management and Communication, CMCC will participate in WP 3, 8 through:

  • Climate projections analysis
  • Olive tree high-frequency ecophysiological monitoring and data analysis
  • Olive tree physical based modelling

Expected results
  • Strengthen preventive measures by promotion of integrated actions for rapid and efficient response against emerging outbreaks of Xf
  • Development of efficient early detection surveillance programs
  • Extensive knowledge on the biology, genetics and pathogen-host interactions
  • Extend the knowledge on the vector biology, ecology and role in disease epidemiology
  • Developing sustainable management strategies aimed at reducing the economic, environmental and social impacts
  • Integrating research data on Xf and implementation of regional pest risk assessment


The following WP will be implemented by the project:

  • Biology and genetics of relevant Xf strains
  • Early detection of Xf symptoms using remote sensing
  • Implementation of sampling schemes and innovative tools for early detection of Xf in host plants and insects
  • Vector biology and ecology and role in disease epidemiology
  • Innovative and sustainable approaches for bacterial control in the host plants
  • Effective, innovative and sustainable approaches to prevent and minimize disease impact
  • Regional risk assessment to anticipate the threat and impacts of Xf diseases
  • Building capacity and competence to strengthen EU plant health regime

  • CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • CIHEAM - Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies
  • UNIBA - Università degli studi di Bari
  • INRA - Institut national de la recherche agronomique
  • CSIC - Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
  • IVIA - Instituto valenciano de investigaciones agraria
  • BPI - Benaki Phytopathological Institute
  • JKI - Julius Kuhn-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut fur Kulturpflanzen
  • VL O - Vlaams Gewest
  • UC - The Regents of the University of California
  • IAC-CCSM - Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios
  • NTU - National Taiwan University
  • UCR - Universidad de Costa Rica
  • NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
  • IPB - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança
  • USAL - The University of Salford
  • CRA - Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria
  • NVWA - Nederlandse Voedsel en Warenautoriteit
  • IFAPA - Instituto Andaluz de Investigaciony Formacion Agraria Pesquera Alimentaria y de la Produccion Ecologica
  • IFOAM EU GROUP - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements European Union Regional Group
  • Russell IPM Ltd
  • Enbiotech Srl
  • S-COM - Sustainable Communication Aisbl
  • NAKTUINBOU - Stichting Nederlandse Algemene Kwaliteitsdienst Tuinbouw
  • Civi-Italia - Centro Interprofessionale per le attività vivaistiche
  • JRC - Joint Research Center

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