Get involved

How to become involved with the BRIGIT program.

BRIGIT will build on established citizen science and outreach activities to improve awareness of Xylella, its potential impacts and modes of spread.

We will work with established volunteer networks and recording schemes as well as engage with citizens in the wider community.

Become a reporter

To be able to respond to the threat of Xylella we need to link the public, and researchers and enthusiasts from different disciplines to record insect and plant distributions across the country. There are established volunteer networks reporting such information and BRIGIT aims to work with these groups. More information of how to join these volunteer networks will be added soon.

During the project tools to enable non-specialists to identify morphologically potential vectors of Xylella will be developed. The following resources are currently available

In the meantime, we encourage people to report the presence of any of the approximately 20 leafhopper and froghopper species that are suspected to be Xylella vectors (see table below) and to identify the associated plant host species using the existing LEDRA website.

Potential Xylella vector Host plants UK distribution
Leafhoppers
Anoterostemma ivanhofi Juncus gerardii South-east Scotland (one record)
Cicadella lasiocarpae Carex & Juncus spp. Ireland, North Wales
Cicadella viridis Juncus spp. Ubiquitous
Euscelis incisus Grasses Ubiquitous
Euscelis lineolatus Grasses Widespread, not as common as E. lineolatus
Evacanthus acuminatus Herbaceous dicots Widespread, not as common as E. interruptus
Evacanthus interruptus Herbaceous dicots Ubiquitous
Graphocephala fennahi Rhododendron ponticum South-east England, Midlands
Froghoppers/spittlebugs
Aphrophora alni Trees, esp. Alnus & Salix spp. Ubiquitous
Aphrophora major Trees, esp. Alnus & Salix spp. Widespread, not as common as A. alni
Aphrophora pectoralis Trees, esp. Alnus & Salix spp. Widespread, not as common as A. alni
Aphrophora salicina Trees, esp. Alnus & Salix spp. Widespread, not as common as A. alni
Cercopis vulnerata Herbaceous dicots Widespread England & Wales
Neophilaenus campestris Grasses Widespread, not as common as N. lineatus
Neophilaenus exclamationis Grasses Widespread, not as common as N. lineatus
Neophilaenus lineatus Grasses Ubiquitous
Neophilaenus longiceps Grasses Thames estuary
Philaenus spumarius Polyphagous Ubiquitous

 

A suite of educational/outreach material will be developed which will be freely available and downloadable to provide information on identification of the most common host plants and symptoms of the disease.

Public events and training will be created through BRIGIT to bring together volunteers and share information on Xylella. These events will be announced on the BRIGIT website and associated media channels.