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Scientific session at CPM-6 to examine approaches for addressing pest risks associated with grains and wood

Posted on Mon, 07 Mar 2011, 08:10

GrainsEach year, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures holds a scientific session to consider emerging issues, such as new technologies or new pest threats. Past scientific sessions have addressed issues such as the potential impact of climate change on pest spread, food aid as a pathway for the transboundary movement of pests, aquatic plants as pests, and flaws in the current system for preventing pest spread.

The speakers for CPM-6 have been announced - click here to view the programme for this year s scientific session.

Gary C. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Export Grain Association, will present an assessment of current and future trends for trade in grain, oilseeds and other agri-bulks. He will discuss the role of Plant Quarantine Authorities in addressing the challenges and opportunities for industry, particularly the need for appropriate, sound, predictable official measures to address risks associated with this potential pathway for pest spread. Click here to see Gary C. Martin s biography.

Mountain pine beetle damageEric Allen, a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, will describe how pest risks associated with Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) are virtually eliminated as harvested trees are transformed into wood products for international trade. He will explain how information on the biology of this pest is used to provide guidance to scientists, regulators and the forest industry for the development of effective pest mitigation processes. Click here to see Eric Allen s biography.

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