Identification

Author

Balaam RJ

Title

USDA APHIS Offshore Pest Informaion System

Year

2004

Publication type

Proceedings

Journal

Proceedings, XV USDA Interagency Research Forum on Gypsy Moth and Other Invasive Species

Created

2014-07-10 16:19:34+00:00

Modified

2016-07-13 21:36:54.685540+00:00

Details

Extended information

Abstract

nternational trade is rapidly expanding and the relevance
of international borders as barriers to pest movement
is diminishing. As trade expands, so does the risk of
accidentally or intentionally spreading exotic plant
pests. The Offshore Pest Information System (OPIS) is
a process designed to collect, analyze, communicate and
use relevant international information concerning pests
that are not known to occur in the U.S. Using OPIS
will enable USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) to meet its mission. That mission is to
“safeguard American resources from exotic invasive pests
and diseases.” By using OPIS, the Agency can quickly
and effectively respond to imminent pest threats.