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CPHST Laboratories and Programs

CPHST Map of Locations


CPHST Miami Lab, Miami, FL

  • Develops improved inspection methods and phytosanitary treatment technologies.
  • Evaluates commodity treatment efficacy and technology and certifies and audits treatment facilities.
  • Provides analytical chemistry support.

CPHST Beltsville Lab, Beltsville, MD

  • Develops, validates, and deploys new molecular diagnostics methods for high consequence plant pathogens.

CPHST Fort Collins Lab, Fort Collins,  CO

  • Develops pest identification tools and technologies.  
  • Develops pest survey protocols and guidelines.  
  • Assesses waste disposal and decontamination methods.

CPHST Mission Lab, Edinburg TX

  • Develops molecular diagnostics for arthropods and gastropods.
  • Provides support for Mexican fruit fly sterile insect technique eradication program.
  • Supports research on integrated pest management and biological control.

 CPHST Otis Lab, Buzzards Bay, MA

  • Develops phytosanitary treatments for commodities.
  • Develops and evaluates pest surveillance and management methods.
  • Develops and deploys biological control programs for insect pests.

Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory, Raleigh, NC

  • Analyzes the pest risks associated with import and export of plant products in order to facilitate safe trade.
  • Identifies and assesses new pest threats.

 CPHST Phoenix Lab, Phoenix, AZ

  • Develops and implements management methods for pink bollworm and rangeland pests such as grasshoppers and Mormon cricket.

 CPHST Biloxi Station, Biloxi, Mississippi

  • Develops methods and tools for the survey, detection, regulation, and control of the imported fire ant to support the Federal Imported Fire Ant Quarantine.
  • Oversees routine sample analysis for detecting the presence of pesticide residues and toxic substances to support APHIS programs.

 CPHST California Station, Salinas, CA

  • Develops pest management and commodity treatment methods for light brown apple moth, European grapevine moth, and Asian citrus psyllid.


Biological Control Program

  • Develops new biological control programs and technologies to control plant pests and weeds.

Fruit Fly Program 

  • Develops methods to support exotic fruit fly exclusion and detection.

National Plant Protection Laboratory Accreditation Program 

  • Evaluates laboratories outside of PPQ to ensure their capability to make accurate diagnostic determinations for regulatory purposes.

National Scientific Technologies Program

  • Assesses and transfers detection, identification, diagnostic, and exclusion tools and technologies to support PPQ programs
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