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As Director of Quarantine Scientific, Ltd. (QSL) Dr. Armstrong is responsible for providing expert consultation internationally on quarantine treatments research and development, market access, and biosecurity issues to exporters and importers, researchers, regulators, and other clients in order to acquire and/or maintain market access, resolve quarantine and regulatory issues, identify research priorities and equipment needs, develop research and market access programs, transfer technology, and train technical personnel.  

Additionally, within the terms of reference of his commissions, he reviews documents, manuscripts, project reports, theses, and dissertations in order to meet required standards, scientific accuracy, or terms of reference.

Dr Armstrong is an internationally recognized entomologist with over 40 years experience in the research and development of quarantine treatment methods against invasive fruit flies and other quarantine pests for Hawaii and U.S. mainland commodities of economic and export importance using physical or non-toxic treatments or irradiation and, if applicable, non-host export protocols or systems approaches in lieu of quarantine treatments.  

During Dr. Armstrong’s 38 year career with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, he was a Research Leader of the Postharvest Tropical Commodities Research Unit at the US Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii.  The Unit’s mission was to expand and diversify tropical fruit, vegetable, nut, and ornamental crops through the use of alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation for phytosanitary use by commodity export industries and regulatory agencies.  

Dr. Armstrong was responsible for developing environmentally sound, economically viable systems, treatments, and procedures that controlled quarantined pests to ensure product quality and food safety, increase product value, and meet quarantine security standards.