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Applying for general release or release with controls

Information required

Taxonomy and biology

The EPA must be certain that the species proposed for release has been, and can be accurately identified. This normally requires the applicant to provide a unique and unequivocal Latin binomial (with authority and date) for any new organism for which an application is received, and communication confirming that the agent has been assigned to that taxon. Any known variation within the species should be presented in the application. Formal classification is not essential as long as the applicant can provide evidence from recognised authorities to satisfy the EPA that the species is a unique entity. For example, the HSNO Committee approved release of the un-described boneseed leaf roller, Tortrix sensu lato sp. "chrysanthemoides".

Authority names for species can be found in a variety of sources, including on the internet. For example: