Controlling Weeds Using Biological
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.
[Previous Section] [Table of Contents] [Next Section]