In The News
NEW! Cotton seed bug declared eradicated in Florida. Read the article.
NEW! New mobile apps available for First Detectors. Read the article.
NEW! Lucid has released new updated identification tools. Read the article.
NEW! New taxonomic training videos have been released. Read the article.
- NEW! Update on Fruit Flies in the United States. Read the article.
About the SPDN
The mission of the network is to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. This is achieved through a functional nationwide network of public agricultural institutions with a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect high consequence, biological pests and pathogens into our agricultural and natural ecosystems, by providing means for quick identifications and establishing protocols for immediate reporting to appropriate responders and decision makers. Our goal is to (i) support a secure regional network for the detection and diagnosis of plant health problems, (ii) extend and support sound public policies, implement rapid and accurate diagnoses, and response strategies, and (iii) provide leadership and training. SPDN Director: Jeffrey B. Jones, Chair, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UF SPDN Associate Director: Carrie L. Harmon, Plant Pathology.