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Title: Releasing biocontrol agents: Risk assessment and overdue reform

Author: Peterson, Bob; Sing, Sharlene;

Date: 2007

Source: IOBC-NRS Newsletter. 23(2): 1, 3.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Although the need for universally instituting formal risk assessment (RA) in the screening and approval process for non-native biological control (BC) agent releases has been widely acknowledged for the past several years, little seems to have been accomplished in terms of codifying this practice within a regulatory framework. Given the low success rate of classical BC and the documented environmental risks associated with previous releases, adopting standardized assessments of BC risks and benefits should not be further delayed.

Keywords: risk assessment (RA), non-native biological control (BC)

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Peterson, Bob; Sing, Sharlene. 2007. Releasing biocontrol agents: Risk assessment and overdue reform. IOBC-NRS Newsletter. 23(2): 1, 3.


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