Brigit will build on established citizen science and outreach activities with the aim of improving awareness of Xylella fastidiosa, its potential impacts and modes of spread.
Activities will use established volunteer networks of , PlantNetwork, International Plant Sentinel Network and (professional) entomologists involved in the Auchenorrhyncha (= leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers, treehoppers and cicadas) recording scheme as well as engage with citizens in the wider community. We will aim to work closely with ornamental and crop nurseries and growers to raise awareness of potential hosts, symptoms and vectors.
Become a reporter
We need to gain a better understanding of the UK distribution of the potential hosts and insect vectors of Xylella in case an outbreak occurs. We encourage groups to look for and report if one or more of the ± 20 species that are suspected to be X. fastidiosa vectors are present on host plants and identify the associated plant host species using the existing LEDRA website.
A suite of educational/outreach material will be developed which will be freely available and downloadable to provide links to information on X. fastidiosa, including photos and botanical information on common X. fastidiosa hosts with a focus on the highest-risk UK plant hosts.
More information of how to join these volunteer networks will be added soon.
To be able to respond to the threat of Xylella we need to link up researchers and enthusiasts from across insect and plant disciplines to observe insect and plant distributions across the country.
There is an established volunteer community around reporting in both fields and BRIGIT aims to unite those groups. Events and public discussions will be created through BRIGIT to bring together volunteers and share information on Xylella. These events will be announced on the website and media channels around BRIGIT.
The figure below represents a schematic overview of of BRIGIT research aims will build a concerted and integrated body of knowledge on the varied aspects of the Xylella transmission. The person at the lower left of the figure illustrates movement of plants by humans, e.g. plant trade, and the hopping insect at the bottom right, the migration behaviour of Xylella insect vectors.