Controlling Weeds Using Biological Methods

ENSURING AGENTS CAN BE SAFELY INTRODUCED IN NORTH AMERICA

Two committees, one in Canada and the other in the United States, review the research to determine if the prospective agent can be introduced safely. If approved for release in North America, the agent is shipped to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's facility at Lethbridge, Alberta. The agent is quarantined at the facility to ensure it is free of native damaging parasites and pathogens.

PREPARING BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS FOR RELEASE

Each new biological control agent destined for British Columbia is introduced into special tented plots at the Kamloops research station. Here the objective is to increase their population and to allow them to adapt to local conditions prior to their release. During this time, the life cycle and biology of the agents are studied. Procedures for collection, handling, shipping and release are also developed. Studies using tented plots have been in operation at the station since 1985.

Tented
Plots
Tented plots have been established by the Ministry of Forests at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Station in Kamloops for biological control studies.


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