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Center for Plant Health Science and Technology

The Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) provides scientific support for PPQ regulatory decisions and operations, and is the main component of PPQ's Science and Technology core functional area, which also includes the National Clean Plant Network. CPHST is responsible for ensuring that PPQ has the information, tools and technology to make the most scientifically valid regulatory and policy decisions possible. In addition, CPHST ensures PPQ's operations have the most scientifically viable and practical tools for pest exclusion, detection, and management. Currently, CPHST comprises approximately 230 scientists, analysts, and support staff at 7 principal laboratories, with satellite locations throughout the United States and in Guatemala. The Office of the Executive Director is headquartered on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC.


Project Areas

More About Trade Issues and Risk AnalysisTrade Issues and Risk Analysis 
Assessing the potential impact of new invasive plant pests to U.S. agriculture and the pest risks associated with imported plant products.

More About Commodity TreatmentsTreatment Technology 
Developing new treatment methods for plant products to prevent movement of invasive pests through international  trade.

More About Pest DetectionPest Detection
Developing tools and techniques to improve early detection of exotic pests in surveillance programs.


More About Identification and DiagnosticsIdentification and Diagnostics 
Developing and validating new technologies to identify exotic pests and accrediting external laboratories to perform diagnostics for high consequence pests.

Arthropod PestsArthropod Pests 
Developing methods to manage invasive arthropods.


Plant DiseasesPlant Diseases 
Developing methods to manage invasive plant diseases.


Biological ControlBiological Control 
Developing technologies that allow natural enemies to effectively mitigate the impacts of invasive arthropods, weeds, and plant pathogens.


Executive Director
Philip Berger
Telephone: (919) 855-7400


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