The legislation, at the national, European and International levels, is accurate with regard to phytosanitary certification of the plant material, to prevent the spread of infections, prevent damage and respond to emergencies.
Complying with this legislation is not only an obligation but a responsibility to be taken in the interest of quality production. Controls are also prescribed and sanctions in case of non-compliance are severe.
Pesticide treatments are not only economically expensive, but they cause environmental damage and lessen product quality. The use of pesticides is now strictly regulated in Europe.
Under D.L. 214/2005, more than 4 treatments per year with pesticides causes the withdrawal of the "BIO" mark on the production.
only some examples
Vine: GFLV; ArMV; GLRaV1-2-3; GVA; GVB; GFkV (DM 24/06/08); Flavescenza D. (DM 21/05/00).
Stone fruit: PPV (DM 28/07/09); AP (DM 23/02/06); PD, ESFY (DM 31/01/96); E. amylovora (DM 27/03/97)