Life resilience

Exploring sustainable production practices in order to combat and prevent the Xylella bacterium.


This project, led by the Spanish company Galpagro, together with the University of Cordoba, involves both public and private companies, research institutes and European agricultural producers associations. Italy is represented by two organisations; the Institute for the Valorisation of Wood and Arboreal Species of the National Research Council (Ivalsa – CNR) and Salov which has made its open air laboratory, Fratelli Fontana – La Traversagna available. The production practices researched are based on the capacity of the agri-environmental system to resist change and to reinforce its defenses, agronomic practices for soil and entomofauna management, as well as treatments with products able to enhance the natural defense mechanisms of plants.

Xylella fastidiosa, being closely related to the growing environment, must be tested in the field. This is why Salov provided its 75-hectare open-air laboratory; supporting research with a direct commitment to the adoption of sustainable agronomic practices, intended to develop the resistance of olive trees to the bacterium.