Over 2.5 billion plants were imported into the United States in 2009. This global trade in live plants is a major pathway for invasion by non‐native insect pests and diseases of agricultural and natural resources. Identifying cost-efficient strategies for reducing the economic and environmental risks associated with invasive pest introduction is a major challenge.
Over the course of this synthesis effort, economists, biologists, and policy experts will work together to address this urgent need. The team will analyze geographic and temporal trends in live plant imports and will identify the specific pest risks associated with different plant and trade route pathways. Models will be used to evaluate the relative costs and benefits arising and to evaluate strategies for reducing risks through targeted inspection activities and prevention approaches. This synthesis is critically needed to help guide policy development and for prioritizing mitigation efforts to achieve the greatest returns while minimizing negative impacts on international trade.
|Resource Title||Brief Summary|
|Benefits of invasion prevention: effect of time lags, spread rates, and damage persistence||
Aug 01, 2015
Article published in Ecological Economics.
|International variation in phytosanitary legislation and regulations governing importation of plants for planting||
Aug 01, 2015
Article published in Environmental Science & Policy.
|Harnessing enforcement leverage at the border to minimize biological risk from international live species trade||
Dec 01, 2016
Article published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
|The Legacy of Charles Marlatt and Efforts to Limit Plant Pest Invasions||
Dec 12, 2016
Article published in American Entomologist.
|The fruit and vegetable import pathway for potential invasive pest arrivals||
Feb 16, 2018
Article published in PlosOne.