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Re: C I C L Y LY info needed   Message List  
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 Dear John,
Under the International Plant Protection Convention USDA/APHIS is obliged to meet the phytosanitary requirements of the importing country and this is normally specified by the issuing of the Import permit by the receiving country.
Although the provision of information on your part is helping to clarify the position, the USDA/APHIS will have to determine if the import conditions can be met, and until you have the document (Import permit) to present to them it is unlikely that they will proceed further.
If you have problems meeting the conditions, it would be important to know which country you are exporting to and to know if imports are of seeds or plants so that a pest risk analysis can be undertaken and the import conditions validated for compliance with international standards,
The country appears to be requiring general conditions for export from areas free of the disease (pest free areas), so the methodologies for meeting the requirements do not seem to be specified in detail, hence the problem.
Bob Ikin
Biosecurity Consultant
----- Original Message -----
From: John
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 6:03 AM
Subject: C I C L Y LY info needed

In order to export plants I need a Phyto Cirt. The USDA is telling me that the only way they can issue one is if we get an import permit form the country we are exporting to.

 The official responsible for issuing the import permit requested the following information. I have responded to the best of my abilities but want to expand my statement and make sure I am on firm ground. Any input would be most appreciated.

Respectively submitted,

John DeMott


1.      Cautions taken to avoid Lethal Yellowing contamination:

We have not had a serious outbreak of LY in South Florida in the last 12 to 15 years. It is no longer a threat to our landscapes.  An isolated tree, usually a coconut, may die occasionally but it is quickly removed. The only way to tell how it died is by observing the symptoms of decline. The protoplasm causing this problem has not been isolated nor have scientist been able to infect healthy trees.

2.      Specimen or plant sample analysis regarding presence of LY:

Sampling for lethal yellowing can only be accomplished at a cellular level and sampling healthy trees would be cost prohibitive.

Sat Mar 3, 2007 6:16 pm

"bob ikin" <bobikin@bigpond.net.au>
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