UC ANR Strategic Initiatives
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UC ANR Strategic Initiatives

Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases

Focal Areas

plant disease
The Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiative protects our food, natural resources and communities, each threatened by a wide variety of pests and diseases. These threats include arthropods, vertebrates, weeds, and pathogens. The risks of these pests and diseases to our health, environment and economy are critical, especially considering California‚Äôs changing climate. The initiative creates, improves and enriches our abilities to prevent, control and mitigate pests and diseases.  The initiative pursues solutions to these challenges in the following key focal areas


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.


Grand Challenges

The EIPD SI panel support the EIPD work by bringing a broad spectrum of expertise and practice and help identify emerging issues such as:

  • Emerging pests (e.g., Citrus Greening)

  • The public understanding the role of science in safe and effective pest management (e.g., urban and household pesticide use relative to use on other systems)

  • Pursuing new technologies for existing pests (e.g., breeding for powdery mildew)



See UC Delivers for examples of impact in EIPD.

UC ANR members can share the impact of their work - it's easy. Click here to find out how.


Why it's important to manage invasive pests

Rapid Expansion of hybridized tumbleweed - Check out this amusing video 


See funding opportunities listed with UC ANR Contracts & Grants

See Opportunity & Matching grants (small grants to help with urgent time-sensitive needs)





IPM-related Blogs

  • Weed control in lettuce

    Figure 1. On left: Kerb at 3.5 pints/A applied at planting; On right Kerb at 3.5 pints/A + Prefar at 1.0 gallon/A applied at planting. The main weed is common purslane which was not controlled by Kerb because it was pushed below the zone of germinating weed seeds by the germination water.

    Weed control in lettuce and other crops is a key issue this time of year. Purslane is particularly problematic and is adapted to warm conditions and...

  • Exciting Research on Nematodes Published

    UC Davis plant nematologist Shahid Siddique (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    If you read The Plant Journal today, you may have noticed the exciting research published on nematodes. And it has a University of California,...

  • EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT :: Weedy Rice Workshop

    weedy rice

    Weedy Rice Workshop Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:00 AM- 12:00 noon (followed by lunch) Colusa Casino Chairman's Room This event is FREE, but you...

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