Who We Are
An interdisciplinary group of experts in entomology, pathology, dendrology, economics, and law, committed to use a coordinated, team approach to research and to provide outreach on emerging threats to forests.
What We Do
• Identify and understand new threats to forest health and productivity before they become unmanageable
• Provide data to inform decisions on preventing new pest and disease establishment
• Develop tools to avoid or mitigate devastating and irreversible impacts
• Restore and protect impacted forests and their ecological, social and economic value
Why it Matters
American forests are increasingly suffering from emerging invasive pests and diseases with important economic, ecological, aesthetic and cultural impacts. Introduced tree diseases vectored and wood borers nearly eradicated a number of American tree species and are now threatening crops such as walnuts, avocados and mangoes. To curb the increasingly frequent establishment of exotic pest and diseases, a new approach is needed: one that is proactive and interdisciplinary.
Projects and Current Research at the University of Florida
Frontiers in Forest Health : Upcoming Seminars
Bruce Moltzan, PhD - October 30, 2015
Dr. Brian Kopper - March 15, 2016
National Field Operations Manager for Pest Detection