Category Archives: NPDN

Any news pertaining to or from the National Plant Diagnostic Network

Reflecting the past week.

This week has been a doozy.  Problems with heating and then getting lots of plant samples with problems someway associated with the heat and drought.  At College Station, we did get some rain on Thursday – but still not enough to overcome the current drought conditions. The drought (and heat) is expected to continue on… On a different level, we are experiencing another drought. This year we have seen the effects of shrinking state and federal budgets affecting our programs. Most recently, the increase of fees at the… Read More →

First Detector Network News

This is the friday before the 3-day July 4th weekend. To think about all the changes in food and plant security in the time that this country been in existence is a little overwhelming.  And think that a lot of that change occurred in the last 10 years or so.  The First Detector program is a volunteer based National Plant Diagnostic Network program that recruit folks who are curious about plant pest and pathogens AND are willing to help out by being additional eyes, ears and hands on… Read More →