Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration administers a program to assist growers and nurserymen in producing trees that are believed to be horticulturally true to varietal type, productive, and free from certain recognizable bud-transmissible diseases detrimental to fruit production and tree longevity.
The Bureau of Entomology, Nematology & Plant Pathology consists of scientists, laboratory technicians and other support personnel who identify and process samples sent in by inspectors and Florida citizens. The risk of introducing exotic pests and diseases has significantly increased during the last decade because of international travel and the commercial movement of exotic pests. To ensure correct identification of samples, the bureau maintains a library of more than 13,000 books and periodicals, and the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, a collection of more than 8 million specimens. We have a phytoparasitic nematode collection, a herbarium with over 11,000 plants and nearly 1,500 vials of seeds, a plant pathology collection, a biological control laboratory, a fruit fly identification laboratory, and an advanced diagnostics laboratory.
The Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control develops, investigates and implements new ideas, techniques and methods for the detection, control and eradication of plant and honey bee pests. Bureau personnel are involved in chemical control methods, biological control activities, sterile insect technique (SIT), quality control, environmental concerns, irradiation, plus many other miscellaneous activities meeting the Division's needs.
The Bureau of Pest Eradication and Control, responds to the introduction of plant pests and diseases of economic significance as determined by the Department for the purpose of regulating the movement of or initiating control/eradication measures against such pests.
The Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection is responsible for protecting Florida’s agricultural industry and the public from the introduction and spread of serious plant and apiary pests. The bureau is composed of a plant inspection section and an apiary inspection section. The bureau enforces Florida statutes and departmental rules pertaining to the movement of plants, plant products, honey bees and beekeeping equipment. The bureau also conducts routine surveys for the early detection of plant and apiary pests. The bureau employs approximately 137 inspectors in offices throughout the state in order to achieve these goals.
The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program is a combined effort by state and federal agricultural agencies to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of exotic plant pests of agricultural and natural plant resources and biological control agents. Survey targets include plant diseases, insects, weeds, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms.