A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
August 2004. A question about risk analysis procedures for exotic beneficial insects. FAO has an ISPM on the code of conduct for the import and release of exotic biological control agents, but this is currently under review.
In general, use either ISPM No 3 – code for biocontrol agents or ISPMs 2 and 11 – PRA for quaranrtine pests, for the scenarios of ‘beneficial’ and ‘pest’. Another type of problem could be the assessment of a pollinator. In that case, it may be necessary to use parts of each ISPM, depending on the type of arthropod and its potential behaviour. The economic analysis for this gets very complicated.
The revised ISPM #3 (currently underway, but may take another 18 months) will be including the concept of beneficial organisms (as per IPPC 1997). Meanwhile, the same guidelines/principles apply, i.e., ISPM #3, although it is definitely not explicit at present. Another useful resources is: Environmental risk assessment of exotic natural enemies used in inundative biological control: