Laboratories and Programs
- Provides tools for detection, survey and control of exotic plant pests to safeguard agricultural commodities, natural resources and trade.
- Develops pest management and commodity treatment methods for light brown apple moth, European grapevine moth, and Asian citrus psyllid.
- Develops pest detection and management methods, mitigation strategies, and molecular diagnostic tools for insects and invertebrate pests.
- Develops management methods for rangeland grasshopper pests and sterile insect technique methods for navel orangeworm.
- Provides PPQ and its partners with user-friendly and up-to-date technology-based identification resources for invasive pests.
- Develops, adapts, validates, and utilizes diagnostic methods for the detection of regulated plant pathogens.
- Develops risk analyses and other science-based products to help PPQ make sound policy and operational decisions and facilitate agricultural trade.
- Develops and validates commodity inspection, treatment, and pest management technologies.
Office of the Executive Director
Office of the Executive Director, Raleigh, NC
The Office of the Executive Director provides administrative support and overall coordination and management of S&T laboratories. This office also includes the Domestic and Emergency Scientific Support group and National Clean Plant Network.
Domestic and Emergency Scientific Support
The Domestic and Emergency Scientific Support team provides leadership in pursuing, evaluating, communicating, and advancing innovative, science-based strategies for plant protection emergencies and priorities. This group provides cross-cutting coordination of S&T activities and scientific support for emergency response, ongoing domestic programs, and special or strategic initiatives and projects.
Develops new biological control programs and technologies to control plant pests and weeds.
Develops methods to support exotic fruit fly exclusion and detection.
Evaluates laboratories outside of PPQ to ensure their capability to make accurate diagnostic determinations for regulatory purposes.
- Program coordination for the National Clean Plant Network: a collaborative effort among 35 clean plant centers in 20 States to support the development and distribution of disease-free stock of fruit trees, grapes, hops, berries, citrus, sweet potato, and roses. NCPN supported centers conduct plant pathogen diagnostics, therapeutics, and establish clean plant material in foundations.