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Exotic Pest Detection and the CAPS Program

Bug USDA's Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a combined effort with states to conduct commodity surveys to detect invasive pests of regulatory significance.

The Wisconsin Pest Survey Program participates in CAPS. In this partnership, we have surveyed for the Sirex wood wasp, exotic mollusks, small hive beetle of honey bees, soybean aphid and soybean dwarf virus and exotic apple insects.

USDA-APHIS PPQ (US Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Plant Protection and Quarantine) provides national and regional coordination, funding, and technical support for federal and cooperative survey projects. State Survey Committees, comprised of members from various state agencies and scientific disciplines, work with State Survey Coordinators to direct individual state programs.

CAPS Reports can be found at the following link. Reports

The purpose of this partnership is:

  • To detect exotic (invasive, non-native) plant pests before they can become established in the U.S.
  • To support the export of U.S. agricultural products.
  • To facilitate the collection and management of survey data from cooperative PPQ programs.

For more information contact State Survey Coordinator Adrian Barta, Phone: (608) 224-4592, Email: adrian.barta@wi.gov or follow the link to the USDA CAPS web page http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/pest_detection/pestlist.shtml

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