Center for Plant Health Science and Technology
CPHST Lab, Fort Collins, Colorado
Location: 2301 Research Bldg., Suite 108, Fort Collins, CO 80528
Phone: (970) 490-4464
Fax: (970) 482-0924
Contact: Dr. Richard Zink
Work at the Fort Collins Laboratory focuses on five critical areas of methods development for APHIS: pest identification technologies, pest survey protocols and guidelines, risk mapping, agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) waste disposal and decontamination, and biological control. The laboratory provides extensive scientific support for the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program. The laboratory transfers methodologies and tools to field operations to ensure efficient and effective survey, detection, identification, emergency response, and eradication efforts. The Fort Collins Laboratory also develops electronic, matrix-based identification resources to help support rapid, consistent, and accurate identification and nomenclature of pest species.
The Fort Collins Laboratory delivers innovative and cost-effective methods for the management of invasive plants on public lands through the utilization of insect biological control agents as well as chemical and cultural control procedures. PPQ operational programs receive spatial technology support from the laboratory to guide them in the application of new geospatial survey and detection methods. At a satellite location in Albany, CA, efforts continue to improve upon artificial diets for rearing insects for biological control of weeds and for use in eradication programs such as pink bollworm. Albany also develops protocols for biochemical analysis and identification of wild and artificially reared insects.
- Continued a greenhouse-based rearing program for the stem-mining weevil Mecinus janthinus, a biocontrol agent of the exotic weed yellow toadflax and refined rearing methodologies.
- Delivered a geospatial model to identify highest introduction risk areas for Asian gypsy moth. The work is now being used to inform a larger modeling effort for both European and Asian gypsy moth at a national scale.
- Continued development of a geospatial database to support the Black Stem Rust (BSR) program. The database is growing to include historic barberry eradication records from nine states.
- Delivered an analytical report comparing the statistical accuracy of degree day calculations from four weather modeling platforms against an independent weather data source. The report also includes comparison tables on software cost, accuracy, reliability, ease of use, and timeliness.
- Under a cooperative agreement with Colorado State University, conducted three greenhouse studies to determine the phytotoxicity effects of oxidant disinfectants on nursery plant foliage. The study showed that two commercial disinfectants did not significantly injure plant foliage after repeated applications and could be used in nurseries to decontaminate plants.
- Released the Cotton Commodity-based Survey Reference and Guideline and the Asian Defoliator Pathway-based National Survey Reference.
- Released pest datasheets for eight insect, nine plant pathogen, and four nematode pests. Datasheets were also revised for seven insect and one mollusk pest.
- Co-developed the Cerceris Wasp Survey Protocol and survey protocol for detection of kiwi canker.
- Delivered digital pest identification support tools, including Flat Mites of the World, Citrus Resource, TortAI (guide to tortricid moths), and Antkey, available at idtools.org.
- Released a new pest image library.