UCANR Strategic Initiatives
University of California
UCANR Strategic Initiatives

Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases

Key Areas

plant disease
The Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiative works to keep our food, communities and natural ecosystems healthy by educating California communities and stakeholders about new and emerging threats to healthy food systems. The initiative works in the following key areas: 

  • Exclusion of pests and pathogens.
  • Emerging problems with pests and diseases.
  • Integrated management. 

Public Value: The EIPD SI helps build our state economy, protect our natural resources, builds capacity of our people and communities and helps ensure we have safe food and drinking water.

Our Strategic Initiatives help unify, communicate and advocate for the work we do.

Emerging Issues

The EIPD SI panel support this work by bringing a broad spectrum of expertise and practice to help identify key emerging issues. Emerging issues include

  • Citrus Greening,
  • Urban and household pesticide use,
  • the ever constant threat of the introduction of invasive pests.

Impact Stories


Key Area Detail

  • Exclusion of pests and pathogens: The first step in controlling the damage of any pest or disease, be it arthropods, vertebrates, weeds, or pathogens, is to exclude it from entering a new region. Exclusion includes diagnostics, detection and interception. Eradication of pests and diseases may be feasible if an early detection system is in place. Lack of early detection may result in expensive pest and disease management costs in the long-term, disruption in commerce and industry prosperity, and human and animal health impacts if diseases are involved.

  • Emerging problems with pests and diseases. When new pests and/or diseases emerge, they need to be addressed in order to protect animal health, plant health, public health, food security, food safety, and the environment. Often newly arrived pests and diseases are problems because they lack natural control agents, creating devastating problems as they spread. Endemic pests and diseases can also develop into more serious problems because of external factors such as changes in climate and plant/animal management practices.  

  • Integrated management. When pests and/or pathogens become established in California, integrated management tactics are needed to reduce their impact on agriculture, natural resources, communities, and human health.

Our Strategic Initiatives help unify, communicate and advocate for the work we do.


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