The mission of our statewide network is to enhance Tennessee's and the nation's agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. This will be achieved by creating a functional statewide network of county offices with a cohesive, distributed system. Tennessee's network is a component of two other networks, the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN
) and the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN
). The state network will aid regional and national programs by providing information concerning current pest outbreaks. Information provided by extension personnel, growers, industry, and master gardeners will help the national program by providing information to quickly detect deliberately or accidentally introduced, high consequence, biological pests and pathogens into our agricultural and natural ecosystems. The statewide network will aid the national program by providing means for quick identifications and will use established national protocols for immediate reporting to appropriate responders and decision makers.
The Animal & Plant Disease and Pest Surveillance & Detection Network was established by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to develop a network linking plant and animal disease diagnostic facilities across the country. The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) focuses on the plant disease and pest aspect of the program. Lead universities have been selected and designated to represent 5 regions around the country. The University of Florida has been designated as the Regional Center for the Southern states. Other regional centers include Kansas State University (Great Plains region), Michigan State University (North Central region), Cornell University (North East region), and University of California at Davis (Western region). The National Agriculture Pest Information System (NAPIS) located at Purdue University aids NPDN by managing the data at the central repository for archiving selected data collected from each of the NPDN regions.
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