The Technical Advisory Group for Biological Control Agents of Weeds (TAG), an independent voluntary committee, was first formed in 1957 to provide advice to researchers. Today, TAG members review petitions for biological control of weeds and provide an exchange of views, information and advice to researchers.
TAG Reviewer's Manual -The TAG Manual is currently being updated and will be posted as soon as ready. Please contact the TAG Executive Secretary, Osmond Baron, at (301) 851-2186 if you have any questions.
Weeds and Biological Control Agents Released in U.S. and Canada (PDF, 56 Kb)
List of Submitted Petitions (PDF, 109 Kb)
The Weeds and Biological Control Agents Released in U.S. and Canada is Appendix G-1-2, that is removed from the TAG Manual. The List of Submitted Petitions is Appendix F that is removed from the TAG Manual. Both files will be upgraded into a database that will be maintained from this site.
Individuals planning a release should contact the TAG early in the research program, particularly where a plant is targeted for the first time for biological control in North America. Test plant lists and petitions for release (2 hard copies, and an electronic version saved in MS Word or placed on a CD) Please include in the cover letter Name of petitioner with affiliation and a contact point within North America including an address, telephone number, FAX, and E-mail address, and submit to the TAG Executive secretary, currently:
USDA, APHIS, PPQ
4700 River Rd, Unit 133
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Fax (301) 734-5392