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Development of Best Practices for Implementation of ACP Detector Canine Technology

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Principal Investigator:

Lisa Finke

Principal Investigator Affiliation:

Canine Detection Services


  • Subhas Hajeri



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Estimated Duration:

1 year(s)

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The goal of this research project is to collect data on the ACP detection canines as they search for ACP in commercial orchards and rural residences in Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties. This research project will produce an independent evaluation of the canine’s efficacy and best practices for implementation of this new ACP scouting technology.

In order to achieve the research objectives, one Canine Detection Services (CDS) K9 team will work for three months with the Citrus Pest Detection Program (CPDP) operated by the Central California Tristeza Eradication Agency (CCTEA). The CPDP will utilize the high-risk-based survey model for ACP/HLB to determine the selection of sites to scout. Recent ACP find information will be used for redirecting ACP survey scouting. CPDP field inspectors will be sent out daily with the K9 team to perform visual inspection and to collect canine performance data.

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