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Balci, Yilmaz [1].

The regulatory aspects of importing plant material into the United States for herbarium curation and research.

The Plant Protection Act of the United States protects agriculture and the environment and is the authority for our plant health regulations. The importation of plants and plant products is a well-known pathway of pests, pathogens or noxious weeds into the United States. To safeguard our natural ecosystems and agricultural production, Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) prohibits or restricts the importation of certain plants and plant products when scientific evidence indicates that the prohibition or restriction is necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests and noxious weeds into the United States. These prohibitions and restrictions are found in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), specifically 7 CFR 319, and guidance on how to apply these regulations are found in online manuals on the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website. The online Plants for Planting Manual lists plant taxa that are restricted or prohibited import into the United States and those that are not authorized for importation pending pest risk analysis (a.k.a. NAPPRA). If listed as prohibited or NAPPRA, plants may only be imported with a controlled import permit (CIP) (PPQ 588). CIPs are intended for plants imported for experimental, therapeutic and developmental purposes. Plants imported under a CIP may only be used for destructive analysis, or propagation. The stringency of import requirements and biosecurity measures required by CIPs varies depending on the risk posed by the imported plant material. For herbarium material that will be curated (wet, semi-processed or dry but not mounted), the permit requires that plants must be free of pests and pathogens, be disease-free, and free of soil. In addition, they must not be nor contain propagative plant parts regulated as a noxious weed or endangered plants. Importation of herbaria accessions are subject to inspection at the port of entry, and if found associated with potential plant pests they will be subject to additional restrictions. After arrival at the facility, the plant material should be processed utilizing cold, heat or chemical application that will ensure elimination of any potential plant pests.

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Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Systematics Section/ASPT Posters
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 6:15 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PSY006
Abstract ID:598
Candidate for Awards:None

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