UC ANR Strategic Initiatives
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UC ANR 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


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 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

  • Asian Citrus Psyllid publication updated


    The Asian citrus psyllid is an insect that can carry a deadly tree disease called Huanglongbing or citrus greening. To help educate people about the...

  • A Surprise Weed

    Figure 3: Russian Knapweed Map from CalFlora

    This past spring a San Benito County rancher came to my office with a weed from her property. She said it had been on the property for decades; she...

  • A Case of Mistaken Identity

    Meet the drone fly (Eristalis tenax), often mistaken for a honey bee. Note the one set of wings, large eyes, stubby antennae and a distinguishing

    They can't drain your bank account. They can't open up new credit cards. They can't get medical treatment on your health insurance. But they are...

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