D0396 National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) online learning opportunities

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Exhibit Hall 3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Amanda Hodges , Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Scott W. Ludwig , Product Development, Nichino America, Arp, TX
Lance S. Osborne , Department of Entomology and Nematology, Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Apopka, FL
Howard Beck , Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL
The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) http://www.npdn.org/ has an extensive First Detector training program for county extension agents, crop consultants, Master Gardeners, growers, and others involved in pest management. The purpose of the First Detector educational program is to promote the early detection of unusual exotic pests and plant pathogens. First Detectors must be aware of the common pests in their local area, and also be familiar with new and emerging pest issues. During 2008, the NPDN launched a new series of online crop biosecurity training modules in order to expand training opportunities http://cbc.at.ufl.edu/. Additionally, an emerging pest example module has been developed on chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis. The development of the chilli thrips module is a collaborative effort between NPDN, University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, and USDA-APHIS-PPQ. Module user information and testing statistics are continually recorded live from the online modules. Current outcomes of the online crop biosecurity and chilli thirps modules will be presented.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.38535