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Laboratories and Programs


Beltsville Lab, Beltsville, MD

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

Fort Collins Lab, Fort Collins, CO

  • Develops pest identification tools and technologies.

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.

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.

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.
  • Assesses risks and impacts of invasive plant pests.

Phoenix Lab, Phoenix, AZ

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

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 Clean Plant Network

  • Provides high quality asexually propagated plant material tested for targeted plant pathogens and pests.
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