BRIGIT will use genomic data, information about populations, citizen science and outreach activities to increase awareness and build understanding of Xylella.
The project aims to understand the potential impacts and modes of spread, and generates knowledge of insect vector distribution and dispersal patterns, and works to model Xylella dispersal, if the bacterium were introduced into the UK.
This builds on knowledge and databases established by the University of Sussex and National Museum Wales, and an existing community of entomologists.
Resources and databases will be accessible online for inspectors, trade bodies, nursery owners, farmers and government bodies to access.
- Follow BRIGIT news through #brigitxylella on Twitter
Symptoms induced by Xylella in plants
- Royal Horticultural Society – Information on identification of the most common host plants and symptoms caused by Xylella, see links under “high risks plants”
Information about Xylella insect vectors in the UK
- List of all potential UK insect vector species of Xylella with a brief description of UK-wide distribution, plant host ranges and links to photos of these insects
- More detailed information about all the Xylella insect vector species , including identification photographs and distribution maps via downloadable pdf format information sheets
- How to identify insect vector nymphs in spittle
- SapFeeders Hub – Genome sequence and gene and protein annotations of sap-feeding insect species (Philaenus spumarius to be added soon)
- Information about sharpshooters that are vectors of Xylella in North, Central and South America