Monitoring for High Risk Pests

This module discusses USDA “select agents,” gives examples of currents high rick pests, and explains how First Detectors can play a role in the monitoring for high risk pests and pathogens. Upon completion of the module, learners will be able to:

  • Explain what a high risk pest is and how they can be introduced
  • Explain what a USDA "select agent" is
  • Give specific examples of current high risk pests and pathogens
  • Explain the sequence of events that occurs when a suspect high risk pest is detected.
  • Explain what first detectors can do to monitor for high risk pests
  • Give a list of additional resources on the topic


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Asian longhorned beetle



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Content Revision (scripted presentation only): October 2013

Text Content Revision: Richard Hoenisch (University of California, Davis), Eric LeVeen (University of Florida) and Stephanie Stocks (University of Florida) 

Technical Reviewers: Sharon Dobesh (GPDN Associate Director), Amy Dunfee (NCPDN Teaching and Education Coordinator), Rachel McCarthy (NEPDN, Education and Training Coordinator), and Gail Ruhl (Purdue University) 

Original Publication: April 2008 

Module Design/Technical Writer: Gerry Snyder with assistance from Buck Rowland (both Kansas State University) and Mary McKellar, Education and Training Coordinator, NEPDN, Cornell University

Content Experts: Gerald Holmes (North Carolina State University), Russ Mizell (University of Florida), Amanda Hodges (University of Florida) 

Technical Reviewers: Richard Hoenisch (University of California-Davis), Will Lanier (Montana State University), Sandy Perry (Michigan State University), Charles Denver (Denver Crop Consulting & Research), Harold Watters (Ohio State University), Chuck Otte (Kansas State University), Jim Shroyer (Kansas State University) 

Additional Reviewers: Jeff Mizer (Pennsylvania State University), Marty Draper (USDA-NIFA)



Photo credit - Asian longhorned beetle: Joe Boggs, Ohio State University