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U.S. Plant Quarantine Programs
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U.S. Plant Quarantine Programs

The United States does not have a centralized government plant quarantine system. Instead, expert plant pathologists with proper containment facilities and approved protocols are issued permits by APHIS to manage quarantine programs for specific crops. Plants for propagation requiring quarantine, but that can not be processed elsewhere, are imported on behalf of the requestor by the USDA-APHIS Plant Germplasm Quarantine Program (PGQP) in Beltsville, MD.


Plant Quarantine Programs Regulated but not Managed by APHIS-PPQ

The programs listed below regularly import prohibited plant parts for propagation for many different requestors. Information for many of these programs is available at


Citrus Quarantine Programs


Grapevine Quarantine Programs

  • Foundation Plant Services, University of California, Davis, CA
    Permit Holder: Dr. Deborah Golino
  • Cornell Clean Grape Program, Cornell University, New York Agr. Exp. Station, Geneva, NY
    Permit Holder: Dr. Marc Fuchs


Pome & Stone Fruit Quarantine Programs


Note: Pome and stone fruits released by the Canadian quarantine program in Sidney, BC or produced by the Canadian certification program can be imported into the U.S. without further federal quarantine restrictions.


Small Fruit Quarantine Programs


Corn, Millet and Sorghum Seed Quarantine Program

  • Germplasm Introduction Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Â St. Croix, VI
    Permit Holder: Adolfo Quiles, Dr. Ricardo Goenaga


Wheat Seed Quarantine Program

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