Absence of Xylella fastidiosa from Australia

Publication Date
Wed, 10 May 2023, 05:23
Last Updated
May 10, 2023, 5:23 a.m.
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Xylella fastidiosa - (XYLEFA)
Report Status
Xylella fastidiosa is highly polyphagous affecting over 550 different plant species including many fruit plants, ornamental plants, and weeds. Significant hosts include, but are not limited to, almond, avocado, blueberry, cherry, coffee, grape, lime, olive, orange, macadamia, mandarin, peach, pear, pecan, and tangelo.
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Absent: the entire country is pest free

Xylella fastidosa (Xylella) has not been recorded in Australia. Australia adopts a risk-based approach to surveillance. Both Xylella and its exotic vectors are specifically targeted by national and border surveillance programs. These programs undertake visual surveillance, trapping and molecular testing across identified high-risk areas and facilities growing host plants. There have been no detections of Xylella in Australia through any of these surveillance programs, or other biosecurity programs to date.

Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 [email protected]
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