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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has issued a plea for help to stop bugs transmitting a deadly disease to the UK's plants known as 'cuckoo spit'.
An epidemic of the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria has already swept across mainland Europe and decimated plants in France, Spain and Italy.
Millions - Trees - Infection - Feeds - Xylem
Millions of olive trees have already been lost to the infection which is transmitted by and insect which feeds of the xylem of a plant, including the common spittlebug.
The bacteria is not yet present in the UK, but the RHS has described it as its 'number one concern' as its introduction to the UK could put more than 500 species of plant at this, including lavender oleander and rosemary.
Plant - Xylem - Caries - Water - Stem
Plant xylem caries water through the stem and around the organism and the disease prevents this from happening.
It manifests itself by resembling signs of severe drought or frost and spittle is a telltale sign of infestation.
Report - EU - Food - Safety - Authority
A report by the EU's European Food Safety Authority earlier this month concluded there is no known way to eliminate the bacteria in the wild.
If Xylella is discovered in the UK, all host plants within 330 feet (100 metres) would need to be destroyed and there would be an immediate restriction of movement for some plants within a five kilometre radius, the RHS said.
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