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Attend EPA’s Webinar about the Experimental Use Permit for the Oxitec Genetically Engineered Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes

This original announcement was published by the EPA on April 30, 2021. Click here for more information.

 

On May 5, 2021, EPA will host a webinar for the public to learn about the approval of an experimental use permit (EUP) to allow Oxitec Ltd. to field test the use of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as a way to reduce mosquito populations.

Like all pesticides, Oxitec’s mosquitoes, genetically engineered for population control, are regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). To be approved for an EUP or registration under FIFRA, pesticides must be shown to not cause unreasonable adverse effects to humans or the environment. Data submitted by Oxitec have demonstrated that genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes meet the FIFRA approval standard.

The EUP contains significant protections, including weekly monitoring and sampling of the mosquito population in the treatment areas, that also enabled the agency to determine the product meets the FIFRA safety standard. Additionally, it’s important to note that only adult male genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will be present in the environment and they do not bite people, further supporting EPA’s finding that the mosquitoes are not expected to present risks to human health. If an unforeseen event occurs, EPA has maintained the right to cancel the EUP at any point during the 24-month period.

Click here to register for the webinar.

EPA Continues Webinar Series Dedicated to Integrated Pest Management Strategies

This original announcement was published by the EPA on October 29, 2020. Click here for more information!

 

On Nov. 12, 2020, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs continues its focus on integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. EPA will host a 60-minute webinarIPM for Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Woody Ornamentalsfollowed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Objectives for the webinar include:

  • Learning how to identify between different types of scale insects – armored and soft – and control tactics for each;
  • Determining IPM preventative measures appropriate for each stage of the scale insect life cycle;
  • Learning how to identify and manage an infestation and what actions to take to minimize tree, shrub or ornamental damage; and
  • Understanding how to incorporate pesticides safely into a comprehensive IPM plan.

The featured speaker for this event is Richard Buckley, the Director of Rutgers University Plant Diagnostic Lab and Nematode Detection Service.

Furthermore, pest management professionals and arborists can seek continuing education credits from their associations or states by participating in this webinar.

Register here: IPM for Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Woody Ornamentals – Nov. 12 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Following this webinar, EPA will discuss the topic of Invasive Woody Plant Management on Dec. 1, 2020.

Read more and register for upcoming IPM webinars here.