Emergency measures against olive quick decline syndrome modified for in vitro cultured plant material06 July 2016
Combatting the olive quick decline syndrome is a serious concern. The Gazette published an implementing order to modify the applicable emergency measures on 4 July 2016. It targets a specific group of plants: those being cultured in vitro.
Since the introduction of the measures from the Implementing Directive (EU) 2015/789 of 18 May 2015, some aspects have changed. This happened especially recently when it became apparent that the plants most susceptible to the Xylella bacteria in a demarcated area did not form a risk of spreading the disease.
During their entire production cycle, these plants exist under in vitro and sterile conditions. With this cultivation method, they do not come into contact with the vectors of the Xylella bacteria, and thus there is no risk of contamination.
Adjustment of emergency measures
That is why it has become necessary to adjust the emergency measures for this specific group of plants. Under the conditions described in article 9b of Implementing Directive (EU) 2016/764 of 12 May 2016, it is permitted to transport these plants, coming from a demarcated area, within the European Union or to import them into the EU.
These conditions apply for the location where these plants were grown, the cultivation conditions and the transport. Testing of plant material cultivated in vitro is no longer necessary upon import.
When they are being transported, these plants must be accompanied by a plant passport prepared and issued in accordance with Commission Directive 92/105/EEC.
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