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Otis Laboratory

Otis  Laboratory, Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Location: 1398 W. Truck Rd., Joint Base Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, MA
Phone: (508) 563-0900
Fax: (508) 563-0903
Contact: Scott Pfister

Otis Laboratory’s mission is to provide scientific and technical expertise to Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) programs through the development and transfer of methods, technology, and information that supports PPQ’s mission to safeguard America’s agricultural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant plant pest.

Otis has approximately 60 federal and cooperatingemployees located at the primary Buzzards Bay location, and four field stations in 1) Salinas, California, 2) E. Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, 3) Bethel, Ohio, and 4) Brighton, Michigan. Otis’ Insect Containment Facility currently holds 23 insects and two parasitoids and is a vital resource that enables Otis’ research groups to deliver impactful products and recommendations to PPQ.

The laboratory has four core groups 1) Commodity Treatment and Pest Management, 2) Rearing, 3) Survey Detection and Analysis, and 4) Salinas Field Station. The Commodity Treatment and Pest Management group focuses on phytosanitary treatments, insecticide technologies, and pest surveillance and management methods. The Rearing group develops insect rearing protocols and maintains insect colonies that enable work at Otis as well as research institutions around the world. The Survey, Detection and Analysis group specializes in chemical and behavioral ecology, quantitative risk analysis, molecular diagnostics, and production of lures for the CAPS program. The Salinas Field Station supports the commodity treatment and pest management methods for Asian citrus psyllid, light brown apple moth, and European grapevine moth.

Otis’ research groups support the safeguarding continuum through a wide variety of PPQ programs that include exotic pest-detection, emergency response, and eradication programs. Additional work focuses on the development of regulatory treatments for various commodities and conveyance materials, such as sold wood packaging material.

To fulfill its mission, Otis Laboratory personnel maintain cooperative relationships with USDA ARS, USDA Forest Service, universities, private industry, and foreign government organizations.

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