USDA Proposes to Restrict Dozens of Plants from Importation
USDA recently proposed to add new plant tax to the list of plants regulated as Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis, or NAPPRA. The proposal includes 26 plant taxa as quarantine pests; and all subfamily Bambusoideae (bamboos), all Myrtaceae (to Hawaii), and 43 other plant taxa as potential hosts of quarantine pests. AmericanHort urges all interested in plant breeding and introduction to review the lists, which can be found here. If any concerns with specific taxa proposed to be restricted, please inform Jill Calabro or Craig Regelbrugge. The comment deadline is January 24, although AmericanHort has requested a 30 day comment period extension.