EU targets 20 invasive pests that pose environmental threat

Xylella, the Japanese beetle and the Asian long-horned beetle are among a range of species that attack plants and trees that the European Commission has targeted for urgent action

Xylella, the Japanese beetle and the Asian long-horned beetle are among a range of species that attack plants and trees that the European Commission has targeted for urgent action due to their potentially devastating environmental and economic impact.

The prioritisation list will help governments “increase preparedness and early actions against very dangerous plant pests and contribute to the European green deal, protecting our biodiversity, the natural ecosystems and the EU agriculture”, outgoing health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Friday.

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