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G. Desurmont , quarantine officer


The European Biological Control Laboratory (EBCL) conducts research on the discovery and evaluation of prospective biological control agents of invasive weeds and arthropod pests.  In order to comply with French and the European Economic Community phytosanitary regulations, the EBCL laboratory maintains two quarantine facilities at the laboratory in Montferrier-sur-Lez, France in cooperation with the Service régional de l’alimentation (SRAL) Occitanie and the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (ANSES).  The first five-year agreement to operate the two quarantines was signed by the French authorities in October 1999.  Since then the agreement has been renewed every five years.  The agreements authorize work on eriophyid mites and plant pathogens in the "P-7" laboratory, and work on arthropods in the "P-3" greenhouse/laboratory building.


Live material entering and leaving the quarantines is controlled by importation and exportation permits from the countries and regions involved.


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


EBCL Quarantine

P-3 quarantine greenhouse and laboratory (click to enlarge)



EBCL Bagrada
Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) colony in p-3 greenhouse (click to enlarge)



EBCL Psyttalia
Mass-rearing the olive fruit fly parasitoid, Psyttali lounsburyi, in P-3 growth room (click to enlarge)



EBCL Aceria
Working with the eriophyid mite, Aceria salsolae, in the p-7 quarantine laboratory (click to enlarge)