A harsh, northeasterly wind whipped through the fields, covering us in fine, red dirt. We climbed into the car and drove through small towns full of ancient baroque churches and low-rise stone houses. Along the way, some fields were lush, full of wildflowers or thick vineyards. Others were graveyards. In these, husks of hollowed-out trees stood like wilted sentinels, dead at their posts. Though it was August, looking at the leafless trees, you’d think it was winter. Those trees were dead or sick and would soon die, devastated by
Thank you for posting this! You taught me something I was wondering about since I came here. So many olive trees, but no leaf, and also I didn't know olive trees were so important for the environment. I'll be having a look at OlivaMi and the writing workshop.
I’ve known about Xyella but had no idea about the severity of the devastation. Thanks for letting us know about OlivaMi. Will check them out.
This is both shocking and educational, I had no idea of the dimensions of this disease, and it's gratifying to read how it ends on a hopeful note, thank you for writing this Lloyd.
I wasn’t aware of the problem. Sadly, with international transport comes the spread of plant diseases. In the UK, ash trees have been destroyed by Ash die back disease and the ash is a very common tree here.