Navigation Links
Slowing the insect invasion: Wood packaging sanitation yields US $11.7 billion net benefit
Date:5/23/2014

s around the world in packing materials, ballast water, and on live nursery plants. Most of these accidental immigrants are harmless, but a small number that prove problematic can have outsized costs. The emerald ash borer, a native of Southeast Asia and Eastern Russia, lacks predators in North America and has spread quickly, killing millions of ash trees since its discovery near Detroit, Mich.

Emerald ash borer larvae feed on the cells of the tree's nutrient and water transport systems. Eventually, water and nutrients no longer flow to the tips of the branches, and the tree dies. For their risk analysis, Leung and colleagues drew on a study of the "Effectiveness of the International Phytosanitary Standard ISPM No. 15 on reducing wood borer infestation rates in wood packaging material entering the United States," published last week in the journal PLoS ONE by coauthor Robert Haack (press release), that found that implementation of ISPM15 treatment standards reduced wood borer infestation rates by up to 52%.

"Here we're just talking about economic costs. These analyses have not incorporated the non-market, or ecological, values of the trees, so the benefits are even greater than our calculations," said Leung.

Although preventative treatment is not 100% effective and the up-font cost is high, Leung and colleagues estimate that the economic benefits of slowing the introduction of wood boring insect pests will accumulate a net benefit of $11.7 billion, taking into account benefits minus costs through 2050. They project annual benefits to exceed costs by 2016, and cumulative net benefits to be in the black by 2024.

ISPM15, implemented in the United States beginning in 2005-6, requires that all wood packaging materials of greater than 6 millimeters thickness shipped between 70 signatory countries be debarked and then heated or fumigated with methyl bromide. A stamped
'/>"/>

Contact: Liza Lester
llester@esa.org
202-833-8773 x211
Ecological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New compound for slowing the aging process can lead to novel treatments for brain diseases
2. Crabs, insects and spiders vulnerable to oil spill, but also resilient
3. Entomology 2012 to present 105 insect symposia in November
4. A bit touchy: Plants insect defenses activated by touch
5. UCSB study shows forest insects and diseases arrive in US via imported plants
6. Unique adaptations to a symbiotic lifestyle reveal novel targets for aphid insecticides
7. Jurassic pain: Giant flea-like insects plagued dinosaurs 165 million years ago
8. Insect glands may illuminate human fertilization process
9. Protein signal is crucial for accurate control of insect size
10. Insect scientists to meet in Lincoln, Neb., in June
11. New rearing system may aid sterile insect technique against mosquitoes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... Fla. , Jan. 13, 2015  Today, FreeWavz ... technology, launched its crowdfunding campaign on Fundable, ... the build of production capacity to meet customer ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150113/168790 ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Washington , January 20, 2015 Investorideas.com, ... tech stocks, releases video from the CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics ... Apollo Robbins . Apollo shows how easily ... smart wallet, a product of NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... CHARLOTTE, N.C. , Jan. 22, 2015 Infinisource has ... introduction of the G2 model. The G2 sets a higher ... company,s iSolved human capital management solution. With plug-and-play installation, touch ... G2 time clock provides a robust time collection solution for ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FreeWavz Launches on Fundable to Drive Speed-to-Market in 2015 2Apollo Robbins Talks about the Illusion of Personal Safety and How Easily Your Wallet is Stolen; If a Wocket Wallet is Stolen the Thief Can't do Anything With it! 2Apollo Robbins Talks about the Illusion of Personal Safety and How Easily Your Wallet is Stolen; If a Wocket Wallet is Stolen the Thief Can't do Anything With it! 3Infinisource's NXG series sets new time clock standard 2
... research group from the University of Leeds has shown that ... in 10-20 per cent of the UK,s population, directly affects ... brain. Their findings are the first to demonstrate ... affect dopamine levels. Whilst the work has been ...
... new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm ... levels of CO 2 emissions than previously thought ... could be costing the earth. The study from ... Council on Clean Transportation, an international think tank that ...
... A major European joint research project has kicked ... make earth measurements which are sufficiently accurate to make ... project is a consortium of European National Measurement Institutes ... and will devote some 28 man years of effort ...
Cached Biology News:Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry 2New study suggests EU biofuels are as carbon intensive as petrol 2New study suggests EU biofuels are as carbon intensive as petrol 3New study suggests EU biofuels are as carbon intensive as petrol 4New European project launched to address shortcomings in climate data 2New European project launched to address shortcomings in climate data 3New European project launched to address shortcomings in climate data 4
(Date:1/22/2015)... zFlo Motion , a US leader in biomechanics software ... a new partner. STT-Systems has developed an impressive ... with offerings in the optical-motion capture, 3D scanning, and industrial ... unit), iSen, is opening eyes around the world. With no ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Diagenode, ... such as the Bioruptor® and complete solutions for ... for chromatin immunoprecipitation, alleviating the need for manual ... controls needed for ChIP of histones or transcription ...
(Date:1/22/2015)...   GenoSpace , a precision medicine software company that has ... use of genomic, imaging and other biomedical data in research ... Munson , CEO of Aspera, an IBM Company, to its ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150122/170713 "We are pleased to welcome ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... YORK , Dec. 24, 2014 PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. ... critical areas, announced the closing of an underwritten public offering ... up to an aggregate 3,500,000 shares of common stock, at ... warrant.  The warrants have a per share exercise price of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:3D Motion Capture Just Got Easy 2Diagenode Launches Unique Semi-Automated Solution for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation 2GenoSpace Expands Board with Appointment of Michelle Munson 2PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 2PlasmaTech Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering 3
... MILWAUKEE The Medical College of Wisconsin ... Belmont Report, a historical document that laid the ethical ... the first time since the reports completion in 1979, ... Medical College to discuss its enduring impact on research ...
... my top priority has been growing the state's lagging ... on Job Creation, many pro-job initiatives authored and vetted ... bi-partisan basis. These bills have improved the state's energy ... a foundation for a more vibrant venture capital market. ...
... paychecks in your organization. Most of us can read an ... might even know one or two board members, shareholders or ... who your IT staff is really working for. For lack ... in your organization as they further the agenda of major ...
Cached Biology Technology:Belmont Report Commission reuniting for Medical College of Wisconsin Symposium 2Broadband freedom mandatory for growth 2Who does your IT staff work for? 2Who does your IT staff work for? 3
...
... Purification with an Affinity Chitin-binding Tag) utilizes ... splicing elements (termed inteins) to purify recombinant ... (Figures 1 and 2). This system distinguishes ... its ability to separate a recombinant protein ...
... Note: The kit contains all the reagents ... of NADPH-cytochrome c reductase activity in cell ... [endoplastic reticulum (ER)]. It has been tested ... as liver, kidney, brain, spleen, and heart ...
... CHEMICON's Skeletal Myogenesis Kit provides the ... myoblasts into mature skeletal myotubes. By ... is a valuable tool in studies ... in developing strategies for muscle cell ...
Biology Products: