Working with international partners, Forest Service researchers help identify threats not yet present in the U.S. and help find ways to reduce the risk of their arrival and establishment as pests.
Forest Service research recently collaborated with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to produce a Guide to Implementation of Phytosanitary Practices in Forestry. The guide offers advice to foresters about how to grow and maintain healthy forests and comply with phytosanitary import regulations of trading partners. One researcher even wrote a rap song to advertise the guide.
Researchers provide expertise to support the work of the International Plant Protection Convention, which develops standards to harmonize phytosanitary regulations. For example, Forest Service researchers conducted a number of research studies in support of the development of the International Standard for wood packaging material (ISPM-15).
Experts in specific pest taxa frequently collaborate with partners abroad to learn more about pests not yet present in the U.S., to find ways to control or manage pests that have become established here, and to provide assistance when pests native to the U.S. become established as exotic pests offshore.
Classical biological control research is clearly dependent upon international collaborations.