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International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

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Overview of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The eLesson will explain the key elements of the IPPC and the importance of preventing pest spread and establishment as a result of the international trade of plants and plant products. 


Anthony Parker

University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Deana Namuth-Covert

The Ohio State University and University of Nebraska Dept of Agronomy and Horticulture


This eLesson is designed to provide plant breeders and associated professionals with a basic understanding of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The concepts covered by this section include: the purpose of the IPPC convention, the development of phytosanitary measures, the role of national and regional plant protection organizations, phytosanitary certification, and the benefits of regulating the trade of plants and plant products to prevent the spread and establishment of pests.


After completing this lesson, you will be able to :

1. Explain the over-arching intent or purpose of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).  
2. List and explain the key activities of national and regional plant protection organizations (NPPO’s and RPPO’s)
3. Explain the purpose and key elements of a pest risk analysis.
4. Explain the purpose and details of phytosanitary certification 
5. Explain key benefits of the IPPC framework in preventing the spread and establishment of plant pests and how this contributes to food security and agricultural sustainability.  


This eLesson was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, adminstered by the University of California-Davis. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA -NIFA.



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