Despite a thorough search of U.S. government department and agencies, we were only able to locate one within the scope of our research that has international research facilities. However, the agency has five research centers around the world.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has overseas labs in France, Greece, Australia, China, Argentina.
- The ARS European Biological Control Laboratory in Montpellier, France is working to study and report on invasive grass species such as ventenata, medusahead, and cheatgrass. The lab has created an interactive map for scientists, land managers, and the general public to report the presences of these grasses.
- The USDA-ARS European Biological Control Laboratory in Thessaloniki, Greece is working to study mosquitoes and sandflies and has created new technology to extract DNA from the insects in order to study them further to develop species-specific management strategies.
- The ARS Australian Biological Control Laboratory is focused developing control agents for the old World climbing fern, Lygodium microphyllum. The plant has migrated to Florida where it is choking out native vegetation.
- The ARS Sino-American Biological Control Laboratory is working with China to study Asian pest insects such as brown marmorated stink bug and the spotted wing drosophila fly. These pests have become pervasive in the U.S. and are causing damage to fruit and nut crops.
- The ARS South American Biological Control Laboratory (FuEDEI) is working to find pathogens to control the black imported fire ant and Argentine ant that have migrated to the United States.