Center for Plant Health Science and Technology
The CPHST Biloxi Station oversees and coordinates routine analytical chemistry and imported fire ant (IFA) methods development. Routine pesticide residue analysis of environmental monitoring samples from PPQ domestic programs are currently outsourced to an external lab. The station oversees the program, acts as a liaison with PPQ staff, and provides quality assurance reviews and audits. IFA methods and tools are developed with collaborators for survey, detection, regulation, and chemical and biological control of the IFA. The primary focus of this work is on developing quarantine treatment options for growers who move nursery stock and other regulated articles outside the Federal quarantine area, with the current emphasis on grass sod and field-grown nursery stock treatments. The station also supports the rearing and distribution of phorid flies, an IFA biological control agent, to States.
Imported Fire Ant Program
Analysis of Routine Environmental Monitoring Samples
Last Modified: November 22, 2013