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Integrated Pest Management

National Plant Diagnostic Network

NIFA administered the funding and provided leadership to establish the National Plant Diagnostic Network. The network is led by five regional labs (Cornell, Florida, Michigan State, Kansas State, and California at Davis) and one support lab (Texas Tech).

Its primary objective is to establish a functional national network of existing diagnostic laboratories to rapidly and accurately detect and report plant diseases of national interest, particularly those pathogens that have the potential to be intentionally introduced through bio-terrorism. The establishment of the network will provide the means necessary for ensuring that all participating land-grant university diagnostic facilities are alerted of possible outbreaks and/or introductions and are technologically equipped to detect and identify pests and pathogens rapidly.

This will be accomplished by establishing an effective communication network of regional expertise, developing harmonized reporting protocols with the national diagnostic network participants, and cataloging pest and disease occurrences to be included in the national database.

Learn more about the present activities of the NPDN and plans for the future at the NPDN Web site.

 

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