Content ©2007-15
National Plant
Diagnostic Network
Lyra ©2008
University of Florida





Mission of the NPDN

This module discusses the need for agricultural biosecurity, a brief history of high impact epidemics, the structure and function of the national network, and the role of first detectors in the agriculture biosecurity system. Upon completion of the module, learners will have achieved the following learning objectives:

  • Explain what the National Plant Diagnostic Network is, why it was formed, and where to find your local NPDN lab.
  • Explain plant biosecurity and agricultural terrorism
  • Explain how invasive species come into the U.S.
  • Describe the role of the NPDN in crop biosecurity and the introduction of exotic pests.
  • Explain what a first Detector is
  • Give historical and current examples of invasive species and their impacts
  • Outline the role of the First Detector in early detection, sampling, and exercises.

Updated October 2013

Text Content Revision for October 2013:
Richard Hoenisch (University of California, Davis), Eric LeVeen (University of Florida) and Stephanie Stocks (University of Florida)

Technical Reviewers for October 2013: Sharon Dobesh (GPDN Associate Director), Amy Dunfee (NCPDN Teaching and Education Coordinator), Rachel McCarthy (NEPDN, Education and Training Coordinator), and Gail Ruhl (Purdue University)

Original Publication Date: April 2008

Original Module Credits: Module Design/Technical Writer: Gerry Snyder with assistance from Buck Rowland (both Kansas State University) and Mary McKellar, Education and Training Coordinator, NEPDN, Cornell University

Original Content Experts: Jim Stack (Kansas State University), Carrie Harmon (University of Florida), and Gerald Holmes (North Carolina State University)

Original Technical Reviewers: Jim Stack (Kansas State University), Carrie Harmon (University of Florida), Gerald Holmes (North Carolina State University), Mary McKellar (Cornell University), Amanda Hodges (University of Florida), Richard Hoenisch (University of California-Davis), Marty Draper (USDA-NIFA)

Original Additional Reviewers: Dale Baird (University of Illinois), Dotty Woodson (Texas A&M University), Annette Heisdorffer (University of Kentucky), Rick Cartwright (University of Arkansas)

Technical Review and Module Revision for October 2009: Richard Hoenisch (University of California-Davis), Amanda Hodges (University of Florida)

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