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Pesticide Working Group

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The Pesticide Working Group (PWG) of the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada (PWCC) strives to expand the number of approved agricultural pesticides for use in ‘short-rotation-intensive-culture’ (SRIC) poplar and willow crops and acts as sponsor of these requests.

The objective of the PWG is two-fold: To look at the range of pesticides currently available that are appropriate for use on poplars and willows, but not currently registered for this use, and to get the appropriate pesticides registered for use in SRIC poplar and willow crops.

The application process is known as User Requested Minor Use Label Expansion (URMULE) and is administered by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency - PMRA (Agence de réglementation de la lutte antiparasitaire - ARLA), operated by Health Canada. More information on the process can be viewed in the following '2013 Report of the Pesticide Working Group (PWG)' under the heading 'URMULE process', or by referring to the Health Canada website:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pmra-arla/english/appregis/urmule-e.html (English), http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/index-fra.php/english/appregis/urmule-e.html (français)

2013 Report of the Pesticide Working Group

Disease Working Group

The Disease Working Group was originally formed as a sub-group of the Pesticide Working Group with a particular interest in establishing identification services with standardized protocols for poplar and willow diseases. However, with a more recent considerably reduced interest by industry in managing hybrid poplar plantations (and so in identifying diseases), this sub-group has not been active.  Should interest increase in the future, the group may be revived.