Xylella fastidiosa, a problem of Apulia and the mediterranean

The first time Xylella was reported in Apulia in 2013, few people believed that it could cause the desiccation of more than 21 million olive trees.

Today, the entire area of Salento (in southern Apulia) has completely changed shape, the lushgreen landscapes of olive forests have turned into endless expanses of dry trees.

A landscape of death, which month after month is moving towards the north of Apulia and hasalready reached the Piana degli Ulivi, the only place in the world with the highest density of centuries-old olive trees, which are now in great danger.

More than that, Xylella Fastidiosa has been listed as one of the main phytosanitary problems in the entire Mediterranean area because it is moving very rapidly and there is a real risk of it spreadingto countries with a strong olive-growing vocation, such as Spain, Greece and Tunisia.

Despite this awareness and the scientific evidence, few people are aware of the problem.


Xylella facts and figures

Number of olive trees killed by Xylella


Number of olive trees at risk of drying out


CO2 absorbed by an olive tree in 1 year


Number of square metres at risk of desertification

thousand sq km

Speed of spread of Xylella Fastidiosa

km per month

Who we are

Save the Olives ONLUS is a non-profit organisation of volunteers tackling the Xylella Fastidiosa epidemic in Apulia, southern Italy. Detached from politics, far from polemics and indifferent to conspiracy ideas, we act together in a millenary landscape trying to concentrate the forces of the interested parties to raise awareness and educate the inhabitants of the attacked territory.

We are agronomists, farmers, artists, engineers, students, businessmen and researchers, but above all we are great defenders of our land who believe in a sustainable future for the olive culture.

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The belief of Save the Olives


financial support for the most deserving research projects to facilitate and accelerate the process of selecting new Xylella-resistant olive tree species and identify new effective treatments for infected olive trees.


launch of awareness-raising projects on the early grafting technique, to date the only solution capable of saving Apulian monumental olive trees.


activation of tangible reforestation projects in Salento. The future of this territory is all to be written and passes through a broad, tangible, integrated reforestation project based on a clear and shared vision.

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