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G. Desurmont , quarantine officer


The European Biological Control Laboratory is the major overseas laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The European Parasite Laboratory (EPL) established in 1919 in France and the Biological Control of Weeds Laboratory (BCWL) established in 1958 in Italy, were combined in 1991as the European Biological Control Laboratory.


The goal of the laboratory is to suppress invading Eurasian insect pests and weeds. The mission is to locate and characterize natural enemies: insects, mites and pathogens.


To meet the objectives of EBCL and to meet the French and the European Economic Community regulations, the EBCL laboratory has built two quarantines in a new facility in cooperation with the French Plant Protection, especially Mr. G. Theissen (Mission Coopération Phytosanitaire). The first agreement to run the operation was signed for five years by the French authorities in October 1999
Initial agreement 1999 - valid until 2004. Prefectoral ordinance n°990946 October 21, 1999
"when wrote in 1999, some items where left in the original text of the agreement. In 2004, during the process of the renewal of the EBCL agreement, we agreed with the Chief of the Regional Plant Protection Service on the way to renew the first agreement and the way to request a new agreement for an extension.
New agreement - Prefectoral ordinance no. 040838 September 13, 2004: EBCL is authorized to lead experiments for trials or scientific purposes on all species of insects and mites, including quarantined species that are harmful within the European Directive number 2000/29/CE. The agreement is valid until 2009 under conditions. Extension of the quarantine agreement: Prefectoral ordinance n°050235 April 20, 2005. Agreement of a vegetal quarantine installation. EBCL is authorized to lead experiments for trials or scientific purposes on soil, all species of wood and plants, including plants, plants products and other products listed in annexes of the European Directive n°2000/29/CE.



The quarantine laboratories are under the responsibility of the laboratory Director and the quarantine Officer. They control the access of the quarantines, the liaison between all teams, define protocol and procedures, assign space and supervise the procedures.

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Quarantine Officer  
Mr. D. Coutinot is the liaison between ARS researchers/visiting scientists and the French authorities: Mr. M. Larguier, Direction Régionale Agriculture et Forêt Languedoc-Roussillon, Service Régional de la Protection des Végétaux, Montpellier.
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Letters of Authority for introduction and/or movement of harmful organisms, plants, plant products and other objects for trial or scientific purposes




Soil 100gr à 1 Kg all countries
Cerambycidae (Col. : Cerambycidae) all countries
A. glabripennis (Col. : Cerambycidae) all countries
A. chinensis (Col. : Cerambycidae) all countries
Fruit flies (Dipt. : Tephritidae) all countries
Planococcus ficus (Hem. : Pseudococcidae) all countries


Experimentation in Italy: A. glabripennis & A. chinensis eggs and larvas.

Declarations of importation of Insects


07LR002 Lygus & Miridae (Hem. : Miridae) all countries 2009
06LR001 Nezara viridula (Hem. : Pentatomidae) all countries 2009



Declarations of importation of weeds


07LR003 Arundo donax (Gramineae) all countries 2009
07LR004 Cirsium arvense (Asteraceae) all countries 2009
07LR004 Dipsacus spp. (Dipsacaceae) all countries 2009
07LR006 Tamarix (Tamaricaceae) all countries 2009
06LR004 Vincetoxicum (Asclepiadaceae) all countries 2008

Arrêté préfectoral n°040838 du 13 septembre 2004, de renouvellement d’agrément d’une installation de quarantaine végétale, pour mener des travaux à des fins d’essai ou à des fins scientifiques sur toutes espèces d’insectes et d’acariens, y compris les espèces nuisibles de quarantaine au sens de la directive européenne n°2000/29/CE.

Arrêté préfectoral n°050235 du 20 avril 2005, d’agrément d’une installation de quarantaine végétale, pour mener des travaux à des fins d’essai ou à des fins scientifiques sur la terre et toutes espèces de bois et végétaux, produits végétaux et autres produits, cités dans les annexes de la directive européenne n°2000/29/CE.