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Disease ravages timeless olive groves of southern Italy

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 05:50
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Olive trees in a field in Ostuni, Italy's southern region of Puglia. Production continues in parts of Puglia that are little or not at all affected by the epidemic.

Gallipoli, Italy

ITALIAN olive grower Federico Manni is at the end of his tether.

"You see this one," he says, waving in the direction of a majestic but diseased olive tree on his property near Gallipoli on the Salento peninsula on Italy's heel.

"It is over one thousand