Tiny to the naked eye, the adult Asian citrus psyllid is no bigger than a common gnat and feeds with the posterior of its body raised. This invasive insect causes serious damage to citrus plants and citrus plant relatives through its feeding activities (photos are by R. Anson Eaglin, APHIS).
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared August as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Invasive plant pests and diseases are not just a concern of scientists, farmers or horticulturalists; they concern us all. Invasive pests and diseases of plants—such as Asian citrus pysllid, European grapevine moth, Mediterranean fruit fly, and sudden oak death—can transform communities, harm our economy, and impact human health. Read more »
I’m Dr. Gregory Parham and I’m the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). As a proud member of the veterinary profession, I’m happy to share with you that 2011 has been declared World Veterinary Year in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the first official school of veterinary medicine.
The veterinary profession is one I have been close to for decades. In fact, my father served as a veterinarian for APHIS. During his career, he worked in the field, assisted in disease eradication efforts, and even worked internationally. Seeing what he did every day was a strong influence on me. I learned early in life that becoming a veterinarian could be an interesting career. I followed through with my goal of studying veterinary medicine and have determined that I was right. Being a veterinarian is most certainly an interesting and fulfilling career, one that has exposed me to all sorts of experiences and opportunities. Read more »