SyllabusLesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson 5Lesson 6


Lesson 4: Responding to a Suspected Plant Biosecurity Problem

Purpose: By the completion of this lesson, Extension educators will be able to explain how the National Plant Diagnostic Network operates and teach others the appropriate actions to take in response to a suspected plant biosecurity problem.

What you will need to teach others about this topic:

  • How the National Plant Diagnostic Network operates in the event of a suspected biosecurity problem

  • Initial site response: Notification, technical advice, and obtaining an official diagnosis

  • The purpose and resources of the National Agricultural Pest Information System

  • Response roles of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)

  • Where to access technical training on pest identification, sampling, and submission protocols

Presentations, Readings, and Web Site Reviews:

  • National Plant Diagnostics Network: Why its needed, where it is, what it does, how it works

  • NPDN Mission Statement

  • National Agricultural Plant Information Service Description

  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Welcome Page

  • Plant Protection and Quarantine Main Page and PPQs pages on Crop Biosecurity, Exotic Pest Detection, and Emergency Response Program

  • APHIS/PPQ State Cooperators

Reminder: Each lesson contains links to readings and a complete reference list.

Last Updated:  09/02/2009