Training Materials

Asian Longhorned Beetle scripted presentation

A scripted presentation for educators to teach about the threat of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an invasive wood boring beetle that is currently under quarantine in several US states. The only effective means to eliminate ALB is to remove and destroy infested trees. Already thousands of trees have been lost as federal and state agencies work to eradicate this pest.

Japanese Oak Wilt scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that aims to introduce one to Japanese oak wilt, a disease not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been and continues to survey for this disease and the insect vector--Platypus quercivorus, but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well. Monitoring for Japanese oak wilt is difficult because damage symptoms look like those caused by other diseases, drought or stress.

**This disease is not known to be in North America so these training and diagnostic materials are intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Japanese Wax Scale scripted presentation

This presentation will introduce you to Japanese wax scale a pest not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to a variety of US commodities and plant ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been surveying for this pest but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well.

**This pest is not known to be in North America so these training and diagnostic materials are intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Mountain Oak Longhorned Beetle scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that aims to introduce one to the mountain oak longhorned beetle, a pest not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been and continues to survey for this pest but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well. Monitoring for the mountain oak longhorned beetle is difficult because damage symptoms develop slowly and look like those caused by other native borers, drought or stress.

**This pest is not known to be in North America so these training and diagnostic materials are intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Oak Splendor Beetle scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that aims to introduce one to the oak splendor beetle, a pest not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been and continues to survey for this pest but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well. Monitoring for the oak splendor beetle is difficult because damage symptoms develop slowly and look like those caused by other native borers, drought or stress.

**This pest is not known to be in North America so these training and diagnostic materials are intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Rosy Moth scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that aims to introduce one to the rosy moth—an Asian gypsy moth not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. Asian gypsy moths are frequently intercepted at US ports of entry so USDA continues to survey for this species and other Asian moths. We ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well and send any suspect samples to their state’s NPDN lab for diagnosis.
**This pest is not known to be in North America and is intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Scots Pine Blister Rust scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that will introduce one to Scots pine blister rust, a disease that occurs throughout Eurasia but that is not known to be in North America. Because many herbaceous and coniferous hosts of the disease in Europe are closely related to plants growing in North America, USDA scientists have become concerned that this pathogen could be introduced to our continent on infected plants moving in trade. Thus, USDA inspectors continue to survey for the pathogen and are looking forward to collaborative assistance from members of the Sentinel Plant Network, especially those cultivating pine collections. Monitoring for Scots pine blister rust will be tricky because the disease progresses slowly and early symptoms may easily be overlooked.

**This pest is not known to be in North America and is intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Siberian Silk Moth scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that will introduce one to the Siberian silk moth, a pest not known to be in the United States that poses a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been and continues to survey for this pest but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network, and other green industry professionals, keep their eyes out for it as well.

**This pest is not known to be in North America and is intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.

Tremex Wood Wasp scripted presentation

A scripted presentation that aims to introduce one to the Tremex wood wasp, Tremex fuscicornis, a pest not known to be in the United States that may pose a serious risk to US urban and forest ecosystems should it be introduced. USDA has been and continues to survey for this pest but we ask that members of the Sentinel Plant Network keep their eyes out for it as well. Monitoring for the Tremex wood wasp is difficult because damage symptoms develop slowly and look like those caused by other native borers, drought or stress. **This pest is not known to be in North America and is intended for public garden and other green industry professionals working on the front lines.