A bit of good news has emerged for those seeking to export plant material to the European Union (EU). Plants grown in vitro, such as tissue culture, are now exempt from the Xylella fastidiosa quarantine restrictions and testing requirements, according to a recent amendment to the EU’s phytosanitary directive that applies to all host plant material originating from the U.S.
Phytosanitary certificates should still reference the EU 2015/789 Directive until the original order is updated with this and other amendments. This process should be completed in a few months.
X. fastidiosa is a bacterial plant pathogen common to North and South America. It was first identified in the EU in 2013 and has since killed over a million olive trees in southern Italy. No known treatment exists for the disease, and over 350 plant species have been listed as hosts.
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