ESA Annual Meetings Online Program

Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Biological Control Agents of Weeds in the USA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM
200 D, Floor Two (Knoxville Convention Center)
Lincoln Smith
James P. Cuda

1:30 PM
Introductory Remarks
1:35 PM
How safe are the agents that have been released?
Gregory J. Wiggins, University of Tennessee
1:50 PM
How does nontarget damage in the field compare to host specificity data?
Hariet L. Hinz, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
2:05 PM
Indirect nontarget effects and how to avoid them
Dean E. Pearson, USDA, Forest Service
2:20 PM
2:50 PM
Criteria that the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) uses to evaluate weed biological control agents
Alfred F. CoFrancesco, United States Army, Corps of Engineers
3:05 PM
APHIS-PPQ permitting criteria and compliance with NEPA and ESA regulations
Shirley A. Wager-Page, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
3:20 PM
3:35 PM
Recent cases of agents that have been rejected and why
Lincoln Smith, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
3:50 PM
Field testing of host plant specificity overseas
Urs Schaffner, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
4:05 PM
4:35 PM
The Australian regulatory process
William A. Palmer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
5:05 PM
Panel Discussion
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