Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Bureau of Entomology, Nematology & Plant Pathology

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.

Have a plant or insect that you need identified? Learn how to  Submit a Sample for Identification.

Mailing Address:

The Doyle Conner Building
1911 SW 34th St.
Gainesville, FL 32614-7100
1-888-397-1517 Helpline 
(352) 395-4600 (Helpline Number, Outside of the United States)
DPIHelpline@FreshFromFlorida.com