The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared a final environmental assessment (EA) regarding the biological control of Brazilian peppertree. Brazilian peppertree is an invasive weed that poses a serious threat to biodiversity in many ecosystems and invades areas such as canal banks and fallow farmlands. APHIS experts analyzed the effect on the human environment of releasing leaf gallers Calophya latiforceps and Pseudophilothrips ichini as biological control agents. They determined their release will not have a significant impact. With this action, APHIS will begin issuing permits to release the leaf gallers.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.