The role of this panel is to develop and implement the strategic plan for endemic and invasive pests and diseases as part of the ANR Strategic Vision 2025. The panel facilitates research and extension collaboration between AES, CE specialists and Advisors through conferences and reviews grant proposals in the ANR competitive grants program.
EIPD Research and Extension Areas
Exclusion of pests and pathogens: The first step in controlling the damage of any pest or disease, be it arthropods, vertebrates, weeds, or pathogens, is to exclude it from entering a new region. Exclusion includes diagnostics, detection and interception. Eradication of pests and diseases may be feasible if an early detection system is in place. Lack of early detection may result in expensive pest and disease management costs in the long-term, disruption in commerce and industry prosperity, and human and animal health impacts if diseases are involved.
Emerging Problems with Pests and Diseases. When new pests and/or diseases emerge, they need to be addressed in order to protect animal health, plant health, public health, food security, food safety, and the environment. Often newly arrived pests and diseases are problems because they lack natural control agents, creating devastating problems as they spread. Endemic pests and diseases can also develop into more serious problems because of external factors such as changes in climate and plant/animal management practices.
Integrated Management. When pests and/or pathogens become established in California, integrated management tactics are needed to reduce their impact on agriculture, natural resources, communities, and human health.
2012 EIPD Strategic Plan
The strategic plan for the Endemic & Invasive Pests and Diseases Initiative was initally drafted in October 2010. The current EIPD panel has made revisions and the 2012 draft is now available.
EIPD Strategic Plan Jan 2012
For more information about the plan or process, contact Beth Grafton-Cardwell, EIPD initiative leader,(559) 592-2408 Ext. 152 & (559) 646-6591, or Sherry Cooper, (530) 752-1581.