Olive tree is one of the most cultivated trees over the Palestinian territories, it is
considered as the mainstay of rain-fed agriculture in Palestine. Recently and due to the
impact of the global warming, olive trees were infected with an outbreak of many pests
and pathogens. In the last decades, both olive fruit fly
and peacock leaf spot
were reported with an unusual percentage of
infections over the olive trees. During 2015-2016, and throughout the field surveys to
investigate any unusual diseased symptoms on olives; some trees exhibited pale yellowing
on the newly formed branches, symptoms associated with viral infections such as OLYaV.
Some other trees were noticed to get yellowing and later on developed branch dieback and
stem canker and cracking syndromes. When the outer bark was removed, the affected
tissue appeared dark brown, in contrast to the yellowish green of healthy inner bark.
These symptoms were observed on both young and old trees in the northern part of
Palestine. Field and laboratory investigation revealed a heavy infestation with larvae of
Targ. (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). The infestation rate reported ranged
from 75 to 92 in some olive orchards. Pathogens were isolated and identified based on
cultural morphology. Climate changes due to the global warming might be the cause of
this outbreak; probably due to the changes in the environmental conditions favored by
the insects. To our knowledge, this is the first time this insect was reported to be widely
spread of olive trees and causing damage in Palestine. In this study several associated
primary, secondary, and saprophytic diseases were detected from the infected samples.