Southern Plant Diagnostic Network

Grants and Contracts Details


Southern Plant Diagnostic Network KENTUCKY PLAN OF WORK, 1 Sep 2021 - 31 Aug 2022 Prepared by Paul Vincelli, Project Director for Kentucky • Diagnostics: The University of Kentucky will maintain timely high-quality diagnostic activities year-round, with timely responses provided for all samples. Special attention is provided to samples representing new and emerging threats. The UK Extension Plant Pathology program will continue to submit all data on a daily basis to the NPDN database for the duration of the project, as defined by the NPDN policies regarding data submission and sharing. Our laboratories maintain APHIS-approved permits to receive samples from out of state and will continue to be available to process regional surge samples if the need arises, consistent with our responses to the Feb 2011 Surge Capacity Survey. • Reporting: The team will continue to provide useful, real-time data from innovative information and communications systems (includes governance and IT systems). The UK plant diagnostic program is regularly submitting all diagnostic data in accordance with NPDN policies. • Training First Detectors: Training to build awareness among First Detectors of disease threats will be provided, to the extent the new budget permits, for all crops of importance in Kentucky. This will be conducted through diverse means, ranging from presentations to social media, with information on diagnostics, disease and insect recognition, new disease and insect threats, and disease and pest management. Training for Extension agents and stakeholders will also be provided through live and online presentations to the extent permitted by the budget. Updates will be provided through our Kentucky Pest News newsletter, social media, and blogs. • Professional Development: Our team places a high priority on professional development for staff and faculty activities that relate to pathogen detection and disease diagnosis. Attendance by key professionals at conferences such as the American Phytopathology Society meeting and relevant commodity meetings (such as the Midwest Fruit Workers meeting and the APS- Southern Division Meeting) is highly desirable, in order to conduct the best possible diagnostic activities. • Communication: Team members will participate in various regional and national working groups relating to plant disease detection and diagnostics. This will help the Extension team keep abreast of new diseases. The Extension team communicates as-needed, using multiple modalities, regarding the emergence of new diseases.
Effective start/end date9/1/228/31/26


  • University of Florida: $59,000.00


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