Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Cretan Date Palm

I received have received a photo of a dead palm from John Fielding. This image was taken in Italy and shows the devastation that is caused by the Palm Beetle. Fortunately, as far as we know, the beetle isn't here yet, but with the import of foreign palms, there is a distinct possibility that it will arrive here sooner or later. We are proposing that there be an exclusion zone around the areas of P. theophrasti at Vai and Preveli to prevent this and the possibility of hybridisation. Pressure needs to be put on hotels and developers to stop this happening.

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