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by Ryan
on March 6, 2017 at 7:42 AM
So how and why are live microbial products allowed to be purchased and put on fields when the live microbes are from distant countries and continents? This seems as though this would be as bad as introducting plants and insects from other areas. Why does the USDA allow 'bugs in a jug' type products?
by Surendra Dara
on March 6, 2017 at 11:07 AM
Hi Ryan,  
 
Your query was directed to me and I will try to answer to the best of my knowledge.  
 
By ‘bugs in a jug’ you are probably referring to beneficial microbes that promote plant growth and health. These are not pathogenic to plants and do not have any biocontrol properties. USDA and EPA do regulate the importation and movement of those and other microorganisms that have pest or disease control potential. You can find out more information about at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information/permits/regulated-organism-and-soil-permits/biological-control-organism-permits/ct_microbial.
 
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