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REQUESTING ARSEF CULTURES
AND NEED FOR PERMITS
All requests for isolates should be communicated to the Curator:
Louela Castrillo, Acting Curator
FOR INCOMING REQUESTS, Please provide the following contact information about the recipient:
- complete mailing address
- phone number
- fax number
- Please note that deliveries by express courier service
(if this is the recipient's preferred means of shipment)
cannot be made to post boxes; a street address and
contact phone number are required for such deliveries.
Persons requesting cultures from locations outside the US are required to provide the Curator an account number with a global courier service (Federal Express, DHL, etc.) to facilitate shipments and their clearance into the receiving country. ARSEF requests recipients to pay the cost of courier shipping in order to allow ARSEF to continue the breadth and level of services that we seek to provide to all of our clients.
All recipients of ARSEF isolates must determine whether any applicable regulatory authorities require that they obtain appropriate permits to receive and to retain such entomopathogenic fungi. Recipients must provide those permits to ARSEF before requests will be processed.
Recipients in laboratories located INSIDE THE UNITED STATES:
The most important permit covering US recipients of entomopathogenic fungi is the USDA-APHIS Form 526, Application and Permit to Move Live Plant Pests or Noxious Weeds. Applications for such permits can be filed through the online ePermits system. Although only USDA-APHIS-PPQ Permits Section can interpret their own regulations and policies, it seems generally that domestic (US) recipients States do not need permits to receive entomopathogenic fungal isolates of indigenous (American) origin but that permits are required to receive nonidigenous isolates (originating from outside the US) even if the same fungus also occurs in the United States.
Recipients in laboratories located OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES:
Recipients of ARSEF isolates located in other countries must determine whether an importation permit is needed, and to provide that permit to ARSEF before cultures can be shipped.
Academic, Governmental, and Other Nonprofit Institutions:
1-12 isolates per request [up to 24 isolates per year]
13+ isolates per request [25+ or more per year] -- contact the Curator
Commercial and Industrial Institutions:
1-12 isolates per calendar year
Terms of Shipment
All recipients of cultures are requested to provide an express shipper account number to allow shipping to be billed directly to recipients, thus assuring significant cost savings to the ARSEF collection.
We request confirmation of receipt and viability of cultures shipped. Strains that are inviable upon receipt will be replaced.
ARSEF reserves the right to refuse to ship strains:
- to recipients who cannot handle them with standard microbiological practices,
- to laboratories that cannot assure laboratory containment of isolates EXCEPT after obtaining permissions from applicable State and Federal regulatory agencies,
- if use of routine mailing or shipping services cannot assure the receipt of viable cultures.
Neither ARSEF, the ARS Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research Unit nor any staff of these institutions shall be held liable for damages arising from
the misidentification of any isolates.
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