Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory

Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory

Location: 1730 Varsity Dr., Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 855-7538
Fax: (919) 855-7599
Contact: Heike Meissner

As PPQ’s primary unit for pest risk analysis, the Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL) provides support on phytosanitary issues spanning the entire range of the PPQ mission.

The PERAL workforce of about 80 federal staff and cooperators has expertise in a wide array of subject matters, including entomology, virology, bacteriology, mycology, ecology, horticulture, seed health, quantitative and geospatial analysis, and management of information systems.

PERAL facilitates safe agricultural trade by conducting commodity risk assessments for imports and developing pest lists and analyses for exports of plant products. PERAL staff develops and applies models to predict pest spread, pest establishment, and time of emergence. PERAL furthermore supports policy and operational decision-making by continuously assessing new pest threats and pathways of introduction; evaluating the effectiveness and economic benefits of existing pest programs; and helping ensure a risk-based focus for PPQ resource allocations and safeguarding activities.

As a global leader in phytosanitary risk analysis, PERAL contributes actively to international dialog, harmonization, capacity building, and collaboration through engagement with the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and a multitude of other organizations and institutions.

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