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CPHST Fort Collins Laboratory

CPHST Fort Collins Lab, Fort Collins, Colorado

Location: 2301 Research Blvd., Suite 108, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 490-4464
Fax: (970) 482-0924
Contact: Dr. Richard Zink

Work at the Fort Collins Laboratory focuses on three critical areas of methods development for APHIS: pest identification technologies, pest survey protocols and guidelines, and agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) waste disposal and decontamination. 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.

Recent Accomplishments   

  • 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.  
  • Delivered digital pest identification support tools, including Flat Mites of the World, Citrus Resource, TortAI (guide to tortricid moths), and Antkey, available at
  • Released a new pest image library.
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