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National Program 304: Crop Protection & Quarantine
Strategic Vision
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Vision Statement

Pest management for a sustainable agriculture.

 

Mission Statement

To provide technology to manage pest populations below economic damage thresholds by the integration of environmentally compatible strategies that are based on increased understanding of the biology and ecology of insect, mite, and weed pests.

 

Research Components

Component 1: Systematics and Identification

Problem Statement 1A: Insects and Mites

Problem Statement 1B: Weeds

Problem Statement 1C: Microorganisms

 

Component 2: Weeds

Subcomponent 2A: Agricultural and Horticultural Cropping Systems

Problem Statement 2A1: Prevention and early detection of potentially invasive weeds of crops: Develop early detection and response methods

Problem Statement 2A2: Modeling and monitoring weed invasions/outbreaks in cropping systems (including the effects of global warming and changes in human activities)

Problem Statement 2A3: Systems approach to environmentally sound weed management in cropping systems (including herbicides, biological control, biologically-based control, cultural control, tillage systems, and new technologies)

Subcomponent 2B: Natural Ecosystems

Problem Statement 2B1: Prevention and early detection of new invasive weeds of natural ecosystems

Problem Statement 2B2: Modeling and monitoring weed invasions/outbreaks in natural ecosystems (including effects of global warming, wildfires, and changes in human activities)

Problem Statement 2B3: Systems approach to environmentally sound weed management in natural ecosystems

Problem Statement 2B4: Restoration of habitats altered by weeds

Component 3:  Insects and Mites

Subcomponent 3A: Agricultural and Horticultural Cropping Systems

Problem Statement 3A1: Early detection and prevention of emerging crop pests

Problem Statement 3A2: Systems approach to environmentally sound pest management

Subcomponent 3B: Natural Ecosystems

Problem Statement 3B1: Early detection and prevention of both invasive and native insect and mite pests

Problem Statement 3B2: Systems approach to environmentally sound pest management for the protection of natural ecosystems

Component 4:  Protection of Post-Harvest Commodities, Quarantine,

                          and Methyl Bromide Alternatives 

Problem Statement 4A: Arthropod Pests of Fresh Commodities

Problem Statement 4B: Arthropod Pests of Durable Commodities


Last Modified: 4/28/2016