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Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program

The University of California (UC), Agriculture and Natural Resources Division, recently held its fall Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program (EPDRP) workshop at UC-Davis. The workshop included 30 presentations and 32 poster presentations on research projects studying the basic and applied biology of exotic/invasive pests and diseases that presently affect California or are likely to do so in the future. The program funds a broad range of projects including invasive insects, weeds, pathogens, and vertebrates.

EPDRP is funded by the UC Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research and the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program with a special grant from NIFA. EPDRP solicits new proposals each year for developing and promoting basic and applied research programs that address exotic pests and diseases found in agriculture, urban, and natural environments in California. This year’s request for new proposals will be posted on the EPDRP Web site and are due in April. The program solicits proposals from scientists affiliated with public research institutions, both within and outside of California. Funding is not restricted to University of California investigators, although projects are strongly encouraged to include at least one UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources academic employee as an investigator to ensure relevance and linkage to the Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension system. Current investigators participating in the EPDRP are from Alabama, California, Florida, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Texas.

Contact Rick Roush, UC Statewide IPM Program director at (530) 752-8350, or Herb Bolton, NIFA national program leader, for more information.


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