EBCL

AcronymDefinition
EBCLEuropean Business Competence Licence (EU)
EBCLEuropean Biological Control Laboratory (USDA; Montpellier, France)
EBCLEast Bonner County Library (Sandpoint, ID)
EBCLÉtanchéité Bardage Couverture Lozère (French: Cover Sealing Siding Lozère; Lozere, France)
EBCLEnvironmental Bioinorganic Chemistry Laboratory (Florida International University)
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Normally, EBCL serves as a sort of way station, where promising biocontrol agents collected from Europe, Asia.
At Montpellier, EBCL molecular biologist Marie-Claude Bon is using DNA-based methods to analyze the genetic diversity of silverleaf nightshade populations collected from sites in the southwestern United States, Argentina, Greece, France, and Australia.
"After processing these data, we're hoping to use satellite photos to have a precise map of silverleaf nightshade populations and densities in various areas of Greece," says Javid Kashefi, an EBCL entomologist stationed at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki.
"We wanted to use EBCL's unique experience, location, and facilities to establish a biocontrol project that would benefit Europe--sort of as thanks for the biocontrol agents we've acquired and sent to the United States for the past 90 years."' There's also keen interest for similar projects in North African countries where silverleaf nightshade is the top weed pest, he adds.--By Jan Suszkiw, ARS.
But it's been a stated goal of EBCL to reacquaint the invaders with their old foes--even if it means scouring the four corners of the globe.
In the process, EBCL researchers have amassed a wealth of information about the specimens they've collected and scrutinized.
Jones, EBCL director since 2005, says, "The collection is currently being identified and catalogued for eventual accessibility through an electronic database."
Seasoned travelers, the scientists at the European Biological Control Laboratory (EBCL) will happily oblige the curious with a story or two of misadventure.
From Montpellier's seaside airport, EBCL scientists routinely hop flights to the pests' points of origin in North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Asia to collect natural enemies.
"With all the concern about invasive, nonnative species, we're on the forefront of the only proven, sustainable technology to deal long-term with the problems that have already been introduced," says EBCL director Paul C.
Tewksbury worked with EBCL plant pathologist Timothy L.
Quimby, the ARS weed scientist who runs EBCL. "With our new quarantine facility, the lab will provide an even greater service."