Posted: 14 May 2014 03:28 PM PDT
A new international standard for wood packaging material used in international trade is significantly slowing the inadvertent export of stowaway invasive bark- and wood-boring insects."The reduction in infestation rate would likely have been even higher if we had more years of data that predated U.S. implementation of these international standards," the lead author said. "For example, based on infestation data of wood packaging material entering New Zealand from the early 1990s, when infestation rates were higher, ISPM 15 has achieved closer to a 97 percent reduction in the number of insect stowaways."
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