Harvesting our olives. (2012)
Harvesting our olives. (2012)
For three generations, the Convertini family has been making olive oil at their “trappeto” (olive mill) in Locorotondo. Countless families in Puglia own at least a few olive trees somewhere, and rely on small-scale mills such as this one to make the oil they consume over the year. (2012)
For three generations, the Convertini family has been making olive oil at their “trappeto” (olive mill) in Locorotondo. Countless families in Puglia own at least a few olive trees somewhere, and rely on small-scale mills such as this one to make the oil they consume over the year. (2012)
Picking a friend's olives in the countryside of Martina Franca.  (2014)
Picking a friend's olives in the countryside of Martina Franca. (2014)
Blocking a motorway to protest the eradication of olive trees in Torchiarolo, as part of the authorities' plans to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. Fuelled by online conspiracies and a general distrust of the government, grassroots movements have mobilized wherever the authorities have tried to implement their containment plans, pointing to a failure to take into account the population's views and its attachment to olive trees. (2015)
Blocking a motorway to protest the eradication of olive trees in Torchiarolo, as part of the authorities' plans to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. Fuelled by online conspiracies and a general distrust of the government, grassroots movements have mobilized wherever the authorities have tried to implement their containment plans, pointing to a failure to take into account the population's views and its attachment to olive trees. (2015)
An olive tree eradicated in the countryside of Torchiarolo, as part of the authorities' attempt to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. Olive trees are almost sacred in Puglia, a region that even has a law that forbids their eradication, making such scenes almost unimaginable before the detection of the bacteria. (2015)
An olive tree eradicated in the countryside of Torchiarolo, as part of the authorities' attempt to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. Olive trees are almost sacred in Puglia, a region that even has a law that forbids their eradication, making such scenes almost unimaginable before the detection of the bacteria. (2015)
The first time I saw a desiccated olive tree, in the countryside of Torchiarolo, near one of the sites where protesters stood watch against the authorities' plans to eradicate olive trees in order to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. (2015)
The first time I saw a desiccated olive tree, in the countryside of Torchiarolo, near one of the sites where protesters stood watch against the authorities' plans to eradicate olive trees in order to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. (2015)
Activists preparing for a public meeting titled “Xylella, we explain you what to do” in Cellino San Marco, meant to mobilize local farmers against the authorities' plans to eradicate olive trees in the area in order to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak, and support them in their appeals against the eradication orders. (2015)
Activists preparing for a public meeting titled “Xylella, we explain you what to do” in Cellino San Marco, meant to mobilize local farmers against the authorities' plans to eradicate olive trees in the area in order to contain the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak, and support them in their appeals against the eradication orders. (2015)
Blocking a train to protest the eradication of olive trees in San Pietro Vernotico. The widespread opposition to the authorities' containment plans eventually resulted in an investigation that effectively put those plans on hold for more than a year, allowing the bacteria to spread unchecked. (2015)
Blocking a train to protest the eradication of olive trees in San Pietro Vernotico. The widespread opposition to the authorities' containment plans eventually resulted in an investigation that effectively put those plans on hold for more than a year, allowing the bacteria to spread unchecked. (2015)
The first signs of “Olive Quick Decline Syndrome” (OQDS), as the disease that is ravaging the olive trees of Salento is called, on a centuries-old olive grove in the countryside of Vernole. While olive trees have always suffered from many diseases and pests, today the sight of these patches of yellow leaves is enough to spread terror across entire communities. (2015)
The first signs of “Olive Quick Decline Syndrome” (OQDS), as the disease that is ravaging the olive trees of Salento is called, on a centuries-old olive grove in the countryside of Vernole. While olive trees have always suffered from many diseases and pests, today the sight of these patches of yellow leaves is enough to spread terror across entire communities. (2015)
Mimmo and his father after a day of harvesting olives in the countryside of Cellino San Marco, in Salento. (2015)
Mimmo and his father after a day of harvesting olives in the countryside of Cellino San Marco, in Salento. (2015)
The hands of an olive grower from Salento show the signs of decades spent tending to olive trees, which are truly a work of art since in their natural state, known as olivaster, they are simply bushes of shrub that bear almost no fruits. (2015)
The hands of an olive grower from Salento show the signs of decades spent tending to olive trees, which are truly a work of art since in their natural state, known as olivaster, they are simply bushes of shrub that bear almost no fruits. (2015)
A centuries-old olive tree in the countryside of Squinzano, in Salento. (2016)
A centuries-old olive tree in the countryside of Squinzano, in Salento. (2016)
An olive grower proudly shows his olives in the countryside of Andria. (2016)
An olive grower proudly shows his olives in the countryside of Andria. (2016)
Harvesting olives in a super-intensive olive grove in the countryside of Andria. (2016)
Harvesting olives in a super-intensive olive grove in the countryside of Andria. (2016)
A poster for a public meeting about the emergency defines the Xylella as “the lesser evil” among many other factors, such as agricultural techniques, pesticides and the role of science, which have allegedly contributed to the die off, a view embraced by the grassroots movements that have opposed the authorities' plans to contain the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa and their exclusive focus on the bacteria. (2016)
A poster for a public meeting about the emergency defines the Xylella as “the lesser evil” among many other factors, such as agricultural techniques, pesticides and the role of science, which have allegedly contributed to the die off, a view embraced by the grassroots movements that have opposed the authorities' plans to contain the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa and their exclusive focus on the bacteria. (2016)
Discussing the plan to monitor the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in the offices of ARIF, Puglia's forestry agency, in Bari. Vast resources are being invested in monitoring the spread of the bacteria, which the European Union regards as a threat to all of agriculture that has to be contained at all costs because of its ability to evolve and adapt to a wide range of plants. (2016)
Discussing the plan to monitor the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in the offices of ARIF, Puglia's forestry agency, in Bari. Vast resources are being invested in monitoring the spread of the bacteria, which the European Union regards as a threat to all of agriculture that has to be contained at all costs because of its ability to evolve and adapt to a wide range of plants. (2016)
The “Marseglia” vegetable oil refinery near Monopoli, one of the largest in the country. This facility has had many names over the years, after the authorities repeatedly shut it down for a wide variety of crimes connected to the shady olive oil market. Today, its owners have pivoted to “foods, electricity, financial, biofuels, hotels & real restate”, and a persistent smell of pomace, from which the lowest quality of olive oil is made, often hangs over the area. (2016)
The “Marseglia” vegetable oil refinery near Monopoli, one of the largest in the country. This facility has had many names over the years, after the authorities repeatedly shut it down for a wide variety of crimes connected to the shady olive oil market. Today, its owners have pivoted to “foods, electricity, financial, biofuels, hotels & real restate”, and a persistent smell of pomace, from which the lowest quality of olive oil is made, often hangs over the area. (2016)
Dessicated trees in the countryside of Salento. (2016)
Dessicated trees in the countryside of Salento. (2016)
A bottle of Roundup, the herbicide also known as glyphosate produced by Monsanto, hangs from an olive tree in Salento. Such products are used to clear the soil under the trees and make it easier to harvest the olives from the ground, a practice that reduces the organic matter in the soil and also affects its microbial flora and chemical processes, which in turn affects the trees that grown on it. (2016)
A bottle of Roundup, the herbicide also known as glyphosate produced by Monsanto, hangs from an olive tree in Salento. Such products are used to clear the soil under the trees and make it easier to harvest the olives from the ground, a practice that reduces the organic matter in the soil and also affects its microbial flora and chemical processes, which in turn affects the trees that grown on it. (2016)
Harvesting olives in a modern, intensive olive grove in the countryside of Ostuni. The olive oil sector in Puglia employs thousands of people, produces half a billion euros of value every year and literally defines much of a region that boasts more than 50 million olive trees. (2016)
Harvesting olives in a modern, intensive olive grove in the countryside of Ostuni. The olive oil sector in Puglia employs thousands of people, produces half a billion euros of value every year and literally defines much of a region that boasts more than 50 million olive trees. (2016)
A course on modern pruning techniques at Maglie's agricultural school, in Salento, organized by a group of activists in an attempt to improve agricultural techniques and increase the resilience of Puglia's olive oil sector. (2017)
A course on modern pruning techniques at Maglie's agricultural school, in Salento, organized by a group of activists in an attempt to improve agricultural techniques and increase the resilience of Puglia's olive oil sector. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
A centuries-old olive tree in Salento. (2017)
An abandoned olive oil refinery on the outskirts of Bari. (2016)
An abandoned olive oil refinery on the outskirts of Bari. (2016)
A worker from ARIF checks for visible symptoms of the presence of Xylella fastidiosa in the countryside of Francavilla Fontana. (2017)
A worker from ARIF checks for visible symptoms of the presence of Xylella fastidiosa in the countryside of Francavilla Fontana. (2017)
Testing samples of olive leaves for the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa at the CNR (National Research Council) of Bari. (2017)
Testing samples of olive leaves for the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa at the CNR (National Research Council) of Bari. (2017)
The microscopist of the University of Bari, which is one of the last universities in Europe to use an electronic microscope that prints on photographic paper, in a darkroom. (2017)
The microscopist of the University of Bari, which is one of the last universities in Europe to use an electronic microscope that prints on photographic paper, in a darkroom. (2017)
The Xylella fastidiosa bacteria can be seen in the section of a plant's xylem vessel, to the left of this picture by the University of Bari's microscopist Angelo de Stradis. (2017)
The Xylella fastidiosa bacteria can be seen in the section of a plant's xylem vessel, to the left of this picture by the University of Bari's microscopist Angelo de Stradis. (2017)
Pruning centuries-old olive trees in the countryside of Fasano. Most of the olive trees of the “Piana degli Ulivi”, whose booming tourist industry owns much to the landscape they create, are pruned by under-paid Albanian workers, who are paid as little as 50 euros to prune as many as 50 trees in one day, with obvious results. (2017)
Pruning centuries-old olive trees in the countryside of Fasano. Most of the olive trees of the “Piana degli Ulivi”, whose booming tourist industry owns much to the landscape they create, are pruned by under-paid Albanian workers, who are paid as little as 50 euros to prune as many as 50 trees in one day, with obvious results. (2017)
Jesus holds an olive branch in a religious icon which can be found in many houses of Puglia. The significance of olive trees goes well beyond the production of olive oil, something that probably played a role in the refusal of much of the region's population to accept the reality of the outbreak and instead seek refuge in denial and conspiracy theories. (2017)
Jesus holds an olive branch in a religious icon which can be found in many houses of Puglia. The significance of olive trees goes well beyond the production of olive oil, something that probably played a role in the refusal of much of the region's population to accept the reality of the outbreak and instead seek refuge in denial and conspiracy theories. (2017)
In the village of Locorotondo, Sara and her grandmother prepare for the traditional ritual to ward off the “malocchio” (the evil eye), which consists of pouring drops of olive oil on water and watching how they behave. Such rituals are very common throughout South Italy, and often have olive oil as their central element. (2017)
In the village of Locorotondo, Sara and her grandmother prepare for the traditional ritual to ward off the “malocchio” (the evil eye), which consists of pouring drops of olive oil on water and watching how they behave. Such rituals are very common throughout South Italy, and often have olive oil as their central element. (2017)
If the olive oil drops break into smaller droplets, it means you are safe from the “malocchio” (the evil eye), while the opposite means you are under a bad spell, usually caused by someone's jealousy. After eight attempts, Sara's grandmother shook her head and told me to be more careful with people. (2017)
If the olive oil drops break into smaller droplets, it means you are safe from the “malocchio” (the evil eye), while the opposite means you are under a bad spell, usually caused by someone's jealousy. After eight attempts, Sara's grandmother shook her head and told me to be more careful with people. (2017)
One of the professors of plant pathology of the University of Bari, who was the first one to suppose that the die-off could be linked to Xylella fastidiosa, and suggested that the possible presence of the bacteria be investigated. (2017)
One of the professors of plant pathology of the University of Bari, who was the first one to suppose that the die-off could be linked to Xylella fastidiosa, and suggested that the possible presence of the bacteria be investigated. (2017)
According to the scientists of the University of Bari, the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa came to Europe on an ornamental coffee plant, such as this one in the university's plant pathology department, imported from Costa Rica and most likely not subjected to quarantine. (2017)
According to the scientists of the University of Bari, the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa came to Europe on an ornamental coffee plant, such as this one in the university's plant pathology department, imported from Costa Rica and most likely not subjected to quarantine. (2017)
A graffiti along one of Salento's main roads denounces the entire Xylella affair as “mafia”. This view of the outbreak as a conspiracy or an outright lie to force a wide-ranging transformation of the region's agriculture, landscape and identity is very common in Puglia, and has led to much oppositions to the authorities' efforts to contain it. (2017)
A graffiti along one of Salento's main roads denounces the entire Xylella affair as “mafia”. This view of the outbreak as a conspiracy or an outright lie to force a wide-ranging transformation of the region's agriculture, landscape and identity is very common in Puglia, and has led to much oppositions to the authorities' efforts to contain it. (2017)
The president of Puglia at a tense meeting with the main organization representing farmers in the region, who demonstrated in Lecce demanding harsher measures against the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria. (2017)
The president of Puglia at a tense meeting with the main organization representing farmers in the region, who demonstrated in Lecce demanding harsher measures against the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria. (2017)
Tourists take part in a Sunday walk “among the olive trees” organized by the town of Caprarica di Lecce, just as the disease had began affecting the area. (2017)
Tourists take part in a Sunday walk “among the olive trees” organized by the town of Caprarica di Lecce, just as the disease had began affecting the area. (2017)
The town of Ostuni rises above the “Piana degli Ulivi” (the plain of the olive trees), an endless expanse of olive groves that stretches all the way to the sea, and is currently in the containment zone of the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. (2017)
The town of Ostuni rises above the “Piana degli Ulivi” (the plain of the olive trees), an endless expanse of olive groves that stretches all the way to the sea, and is currently in the containment zone of the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak. (2017)
Olives at the University of Bari's experimental field in Valenzano, where researchers are working to adapt Puglia's olive varieties to super-intensive cultivation systems. (2017)
Olives at the University of Bari's experimental field in Valenzano, where researchers are working to adapt Puglia's olive varieties to super-intensive cultivation systems. (2017)
A super-intensive olive tree at the University of Bari's experimental field in Valenzano shows the effects of this type of mechanized cultivation. (2017)
A super-intensive olive tree at the University of Bari's experimental field in Valenzano shows the effects of this type of mechanized cultivation. (2017)
A young olive oil producer from Locorotondo explains to a group of visiting tourists how to read the label on a bottle of olive oil, in order to be able to understand its quality and therefore its price. Producers such as this one are trying to educate customers on what “good olive oil” really means, and why it is so important to pay an adequate price for it. (2017)
A young olive oil producer from Locorotondo explains to a group of visiting tourists how to read the label on a bottle of olive oil, in order to be able to understand its quality and therefore its price. Producers such as this one are trying to educate customers on what “good olive oil” really means, and why it is so important to pay an adequate price for it. (2017)
Harvesting the family olives in the Valle d'Itria. (2017)
Harvesting the family olives in the Valle d'Itria. (2017)
Pruning olive trees in the countryside of Fasano. Techniques such as pruning are extremely important to the trees' health, making up much of the cost of olive oil production, and have declined as farmers have been forced to cut costs because of this commodity's chronically low prices. (2017)
Pruning olive trees in the countryside of Fasano. Techniques such as pruning are extremely important to the trees' health, making up much of the cost of olive oil production, and have declined as farmers have been forced to cut costs because of this commodity's chronically low prices. (2017)
After a day of harvesting olives in Acquaviva delle Fonti. (2017)
After a day of harvesting olives in Acquaviva delle Fonti. (2017)
Harvesting olives in the countryside of Fasano. (2017)
Harvesting olives in the countryside of Fasano. (2017)
Dead olive trees in the countryside of Ugento, in Salento. Entire swathes of the region now look like an eerie cemetery of desiccated trees, some of which had stood for centuries if not thousands of years. (2017)
Dead olive trees in the countryside of Ugento, in Salento. Entire swathes of the region now look like an eerie cemetery of desiccated trees, some of which had stood for centuries if not thousands of years. (2017)
Tasting the first olive oil of the year at the “Frantolio D'Amico” olive mill in Casalini. (2017)
Tasting the first olive oil of the year at the “Frantolio D'Amico” olive mill in Casalini. (2017)
Harvesting olives in the countryside of Ostuni. (2017)
Harvesting olives in the countryside of Ostuni. (2017)
Harvesting olives from a centuries-old tree in the countryside of Monopoli. (2017)
Harvesting olives from a centuries-old tree in the countryside of Monopoli. (2017)
Old and new tools to harvest olives from the ground in Salento. This practice, which produces low-quality oil and often involves the use of herbicides, has impoverished the soil and therefore weakened the olive trees, literally preparing the ground for the spread of an infection. (2017)
Old and new tools to harvest olives from the ground in Salento. This practice, which produces low-quality oil and often involves the use of herbicides, has impoverished the soil and therefore weakened the olive trees, literally preparing the ground for the spread of an infection. (2017)
With no proven cure yet available, researchers have attempted to find varieties of olive trees that show some resistance to Xylella fastidiosa and could be grafted on Puglia's centuries-old olive trees in an attempt to save such an important element of the landscape. (2017)
With no proven cure yet available, researchers have attempted to find varieties of olive trees that show some resistance to Xylella fastidiosa and could be grafted on Puglia's centuries-old olive trees in an attempt to save such an important element of the landscape. (2017)
After a lifetime producing hundreds of litres of olive oil every year, this farmer from Matino, deep in the area of Salento where the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak began in 2013, shows his entire production for the year. (2017)
After a lifetime producing hundreds of litres of olive oil every year, this farmer from Matino, deep in the area of Salento where the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak began in 2013, shows his entire production for the year. (2017)
A researcher from the CNR (National Research Council) of Bari explaining the authorities' containment plans of the outbreak and the “obligatory measures against the vector of Xylella fastidiosa in Puglia” at a public meeting in Ostuni. (2017)
A researcher from the CNR (National Research Council) of Bari explaining the authorities' containment plans of the outbreak and the “obligatory measures against the vector of Xylella fastidiosa in Puglia” at a public meeting in Ostuni. (2017)
Desiccated olive trees in the countryside of Salento. Because of widespread emigration and the low price of olive oil, many of the area's olive groves were already abandoned before the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak, and are now simply left to wither and die. (2017)
Desiccated olive trees in the countryside of Salento. Because of widespread emigration and the low price of olive oil, many of the area's olive groves were already abandoned before the Xylella fastidiosa outbreak, and are now simply left to wither and die. (2017)
An old notice board in the Chamber of Commerce of Bari, where the price of olive oil is set every Tuesday morning, shows the different quality categories for agricoltural products. The price difference between these categories is the primary factor in determining the type of cultivation chosen by farmers. (2018)
An old notice board in the Chamber of Commerce of Bari, where the price of olive oil is set every Tuesday morning, shows the different quality categories for agricoltural products. The price difference between these categories is the primary factor in determining the type of cultivation chosen by farmers. (2018)
A heated debate during a public meeting in Galatone titled “Media, Science and Xylella. What is the truth?”, questioning the authorities' handling of the outbreak and the science that underlies it. Such meetings regularly degenerate as the different sides accuse each other of spreading “fake news” and putting the entire region in danger. (2018)
A heated debate during a public meeting in Galatone titled “Media, Science and Xylella. What is the truth?”, questioning the authorities' handling of the outbreak and the science that underlies it. Such meetings regularly degenerate as the different sides accuse each other of spreading “fake news” and putting the entire region in danger. (2018)
The search for ways to coexist with Xylella fastidiosa has led to a renewed interest in the physiology of olive trees, with grassroots researchers investigating the importance of soil health and experimenting with treatments to restore its microbial flora in order to strengthen the olive trees and allow them to withstand the bacteria. (2018)
The search for ways to coexist with Xylella fastidiosa has led to a renewed interest in the physiology of olive trees, with grassroots researchers investigating the importance of soil health and experimenting with treatments to restore its microbial flora in order to strengthen the olive trees and allow them to withstand the bacteria. (2018)
A participant in the olive tree pruning regional championship of Puglia, held at a farm confiscated from the mafia in San Vito dei Normanni, in Salento.
A participant in the olive tree pruning regional championship of Puglia, held at a farm confiscated from the mafia in San Vito dei Normanni, in Salento.
Activists discuss the crisis at the end of a demonstration against the eradication of olive trees in Cisternino, in an olive grove marked for destruction under the authorities' containment plans. According to the activists, these trees do not show signs of the disease, and if they are really infected by Xylella fastidiosa, they should then be studied as an example of coexistence with the bacteria. (2018)
Activists discuss the crisis at the end of a demonstration against the eradication of olive trees in Cisternino, in an olive grove marked for destruction under the authorities' containment plans. According to the activists, these trees do not show signs of the disease, and if they are really infected by Xylella fastidiosa, they should then be studied as an example of coexistence with the bacteria. (2018)
Olive trees as firewood after the eradication of an olive grove infected by Xylella fastidiosa in the Valle d'Itria. No compensation has still been paid for the affected farmers, who also have to pay for the eradication themselves and often choose to do so by giving away the valuable wood. (2018)
Olive trees as firewood after the eradication of an olive grove infected by Xylella fastidiosa in the Valle d'Itria. No compensation has still been paid for the affected farmers, who also have to pay for the eradication themselves and often choose to do so by giving away the valuable wood. (2018)
Presenting the results of a research on a treatment to reduce the presence of the Xylella fastidiosa in infected olive trees. While the authorities have followed the mainstream scientific view that it is impossible to cure trees infected from the bacteria, other researchers are experimenting with treatments to at least achieve a degree of coexistence with it. (2018)
Presenting the results of a research on a treatment to reduce the presence of the Xylella fastidiosa in infected olive trees. While the authorities have followed the mainstream scientific view that it is impossible to cure trees infected from the bacteria, other researchers are experimenting with treatments to at least achieve a degree of coexistence with it. (2018)
Buying olive oil in a supermarket in the province of Bari. While the fair price for a litre of olive oil is about 10-12 euros per litre, supermarkets routinely sell at a fraction of that price, posing serious questions on the financial sustainability of the olive oil sector. (2018)
Buying olive oil in a supermarket in the province of Bari. While the fair price for a litre of olive oil is about 10-12 euros per litre, supermarkets routinely sell at a fraction of that price, posing serious questions on the financial sustainability of the olive oil sector. (2018)
At a public meeting in Locorotondo, farmers listen to an entomologist from the University of Bari as he explains the obligatory measures against the bacteria's carrier insect, which include ploughing the fields and spraying them with herbicides and pesticides. Farmers are expected to pay for these treatments out of their own pockets, and can be fined if they don't carry them out. (2018)
At a public meeting in Locorotondo, farmers listen to an entomologist from the University of Bari as he explains the obligatory measures against the bacteria's carrier insect, which include ploughing the fields and spraying them with herbicides and pesticides. Farmers are expected to pay for these treatments out of their own pockets, and can be fined if they don't carry them out. (2018)
An olive grove in the countryside of Ostuni shows the effects of a herbicide treatment against the bacteria's carrier insect. The plan to attempt to exterminate this common insect to slow the spread of Xylella fastidiosa has proved especially controversial because of the massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides involved and the obligatory nature of these treatments. (2018)
An olive grove in the countryside of Ostuni shows the effects of a herbicide treatment against the bacteria's carrier insect. The plan to attempt to exterminate this common insect to slow the spread of Xylella fastidiosa has proved especially controversial because of the massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides involved and the obligatory nature of these treatments. (2018)
An olive tree in the countryside of Ostuni surrounded by netting meant to protect it from the insect that carries the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria from one tree to the other, a common species of spittlebug known in Italy as the “sputacchina”. (2018)
An olive tree in the countryside of Ostuni surrounded by netting meant to protect it from the insect that carries the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria from one tree to the other, a common species of spittlebug known in Italy as the “sputacchina”. (2018)
A banner at a demonstration against the authorities' plans to contain the Xylella fastidosa outbreak announces an “endless struggle” against the “Martina Decree”, the law that made the measures against the bacteria's carrier insect obligatory. (2018)
A banner at a demonstration against the authorities' plans to contain the Xylella fastidosa outbreak announces an “endless struggle” against the “Martina Decree”, the law that made the measures against the bacteria's carrier insect obligatory. (2018)
A super-intensive olive grove in the countryside of Foggia, in the north of the region. Modern systems such as these are being proposed as a replacement for Puglia's traditional olive groves, leading to much controversy about their environmental sustainability, their resilience to future pathogens and the wisdom of persisting in a monocultural approach to olive cultivation. (2018)
A super-intensive olive grove in the countryside of Foggia, in the north of the region. Modern systems such as these are being proposed as a replacement for Puglia's traditional olive groves, leading to much controversy about their environmental sustainability, their resilience to future pathogens and the wisdom of persisting in a monocultural approach to olive cultivation. (2018)
Foraging for chicory in a what remains of a centuries-old olive grove in the countryside of Vernole, in Salento.  (2018)
Foraging for chicory in a what remains of a centuries-old olive grove in the countryside of Vernole, in Salento. (2018)
A sapling of the FS-17 “Favolosa” (fabulous) olive variety, which was developed for super-intensive implants and shows resistance to the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria. (2019)
A sapling of the FS-17 “Favolosa” (fabulous) olive variety, which was developed for super-intensive implants and shows resistance to the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria. (2019)
In Salento. (2019)
In Salento. (2019)