Invasive Arthropod Workshop

May 7-9, 2007
Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina, USA




Asian Gypsy Moth, Lymantria dispar

John H. Ghent, USDA Forest Service

The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) was formed in June 2002 in response to agricultural biosecurity concerns following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN) is one of five regions within the NPDN. Member states or U.S. territories of the SPDN include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (UF, regional center), Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and the Virgin Islands. The mission of the NPDN/SPDN is to enhance agricultural security and assist in protecting the U.S.  from intentional or unintentional exotic pest  introductions. Numerous endemic, introduced, and exotic species threaten agriculture in the southern U.S.

The SPDN Invasive Arthropod Workshop provides Land Grant University, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, USDA-Forest Service, and State Departments of Agriculture the opportunity to discuss communication protocols and invasive arthropod issues relevant to the southern U.S. This workshop also allows participants to have intensive, hands-on identification training for several pest taxa of concern.

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Sirex Woodwasp, Sirex noctilio
Stanislaw Kinelski, Lidia Sukovata,
Polish Forest Research Institute

Who Should Attend?

  • State and County Extension Specialists

  • Pest Survey Specialists

  • General Entomology Diagnosticians

  • Graduate Students

  • Federal and/or State General Insect Identification Specialists

  • Crop Consultants

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Seven Benefits of Attending

viburnum leaf beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni  (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

viburnum leaf beetle
Paul Weston, Cornell University,

Upon completion of the workshop, you will:

  1. Enhance your identification, biological, and management knowledge concerning invasive species in the southern region.

  2. Increased awareness of identification and other relevant information for exotic, not established pests of concern to the U.S.

  3. Network with national and regional specialists involved in identification.

  4. A CD-ROM containing meeting presentations will be provided to participants.

  5. An extensive training manual reference.

  6. Participate in interactive discussions with regulatory personnel in regards to exotic pest communications.

  7. Increase your knowledge of other national programs concerned with exotic pest detection.

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Workshop Topics

  • Issues and Methods of Exotic Pest Introductions

  • Communication and Cooperation between SPDN and Regulatory Officials

  • Historical Case Studies of Exotic Arthropod Introductions

  • Exotic and Introduced Arthropod Pests of Concern

  • Exotic Mollusks

  • Forestry and Ornamental Pests of Concern

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Call for Poster Abstracts - Deadline extended to March 15


The SPDN invites participants of the Invasive Arthropod Workshop to submit Poster Abstracts on relevant invasive arthropod (or mollusk) issues for the southern region of the U.S. Notes on recent exotic pest introduction, new diagnostic guides, management updates, state or multi-state training events, research updates on recently introduced pests, or other information relevant to exotic arthropods in the southern region are welcome. Each poster must be contained within a 46 x 46 inch (117 x 117 cm) space. A book of all abstracts submitted will be provided to participants and speakers.


The following categories of abstract submissions are available:

  • General

  • Diagnostics

  • Management

  • Training Updates

Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 15, 2007, ONLINE via this web site. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Amanda Hodges.


All poster presenters must be registered for the workshop at the time their abstract is submitted.


Workshop abstracts will be submitted post-conference to the Journal of Insect Science for publication.

Abstracts are no longer being accepted.

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Draft Agenda*
Monday, May 7, 2007


Welcome and Introductory Remarks Dr. Neil Ogg, Clemson University


Pathways of Introduction and Pest Risk Assessment Issues for Exotic Pests of Regulatory Significance – Joe Cavey, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


Exotic Pest Communications:  A Regulatory PerspectiveGary Clement, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


NPDN Response Exercise Scenarios:  Communication Processes and Protocols in the Event of an Exotic Pest Detection Carrie Harmon, UF, SPDN


Pest List Priorities and Commodity-Based ApproachesLisa Jackson, USDA-APHIS-PPQ




The Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) Program Approach to Surveying for Exotic, Invasive Species Dr. Brian Kopper, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


Methods, Target Beetles, and Taxonomy Involved in Port Survey Identification Eric Day, Virginia Tech University


Roundtable Discussion:  Introduced Pathways, Communication Procedures, Pest List Prioritization, and Invasive Species Programs


Lunch (on your own)


Exotic Arthropods of Concern to the Southern U.S. Joe Cavey, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


Case Study:  Asian Gypsy Moth, Lymantria dispar IntroductionDonna Leonard, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection


Case Study:  Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica Introduction Dr. Mike Klein, The Ohio State University


Case Study:  Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Adelges tsugae Dr. Frank Hale, University of Tennessee




Case Study:  Asian Citrus Psyllid, Diaphorina citri – Dr. Susan Halbert, FDACS-DPI


Case Study:  Pink Hibiscus Mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Dr. Greg Hodges, FDACS-DPI


Roundtable Discussion:  Lessons Learned from Pest Introductions and Future Strategies


Welcome Reception - Ballroom B


Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Lepidoptera Dr. Steve Passoa, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


Scales and Mealybugs Dr. Greg Hodges, FDACS-DPI


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Lepidoptera




Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Lepidoptera and Scales/Mealybugs


Poster Session


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Lepidoptera, Scales/Mealybugs and Mollusks


Lunch (on your own)


Hemiptera Julieta Brambila, USDA-APHIS-PPQ


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Mollusks


Mites Dr. Cal Welborn, FDACS-DPI


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Hemiptera




Regional Bark Beetle LUCIDŽ Key Dr. Amanda Hodges,
University of Florida/IFAS


The Bugwood Network and the SPDN Regional Pest List Dr. Keith Douce, UGA


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time-Mites


The Pink Hibiscus Mealybug Pheromone Trap Joseph J. James, South Carolina Scientific


Poster Session


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - All Topics Covered on May 8th


Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Fruit Flies Dr. Gary Steck, FDACS-DPI


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - TBA


Weevils Dr. Charles O'Brien, FAMU, emeritus


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Fruit Flies




Aphids/Psyllids/Planthoppers/LeafhoppersDr. Susan Halbert, FDACS-DPI


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Weevils


Thrips Dr. Joe Funderburk, UF


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Aphids/Psyllids/Planthoppers/Leafhoppers


Lunch (on your own)


Forest Pests:  Exotic, Limited Distribution, and Native Pests of Concern Dr. Bob Rabaglia, USDA-Forest Service


Concurrent Session:  Lab Time - Thrips


Ornamental and Turf Pests:  Exotic and/or Limited Distribution Pests of Concern to the Upper South Dan Gilrein, Cornell University


General Questions & Answers, Concluding Discussion


Optional Additional Session for Thrips Identification at Clemson University.

Contact Amanda Hodges by email: if you plan to attend. Session will be conducted pending interest and response.

*Note: This is a draft agenda. Some modifications in the workshop agenda may occur as necessary for planning purposes.

Concurrent lab time sessions are designed to be flexible and allow for hands-on identification time for materials covered in the lecture sessions. A final agenda will be provided to participants at the workshop.

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Registration Information

Advance Registration is required. Enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis to the first 75 registered participants from the US and US Territories. Register early to ensure your ability to participate. The registration fee includes the Welcome Reception on Monday, May 7, daily refreshments, workshop training materials, and speaker participation.

International participants interested in registering may be considered on an individual request basis. Please contact Amanda Hodges: for approval prior to registering.

Registration Fees:

All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(for fees postmarked on or before February 15, 2007)


Regular Registration Fee
(for fees postmarked on or before March 1, 2007)


Late Registration Fee
(for fees postmarked by April 2, 2007)


Please Note: Registration will close on April 2, 2007.

Early Reduced Registration Deadline has been extended to February 15, 2007. To qualify for the early registration fee, payment must accompany your registration on or before this date.

Before clicking on the Register Now link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

Registration is Closed!

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before April 2, 2007. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after April 2, 2007.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Dr. John Morse, Clemson University, Entomology, Plant, and Soils Sciences Phone: (864) 656-5049, FAX: (864) 656-5065 at least 10 working days prior to the conference.

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Training Site

Clyde V. Madren Conference Center

The Conference will be held at the Clyde V. Madren Conference Center. General session presentations will be held in the BellSouth Auditorium. Optional lab times (i.e. concurrent breakout sessions with microscope access) will be held in Meeting Rooms I&II. A final agenda with room details will be distributed at the meeting.

Click Here for directions to the Clyde V. Madren Conference Center.

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Hotel Accommodations

The Martin Inn

The The Martin Inn is conveniently located at the Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University. Due to space limitations, participants are advised to make their room reservations as soon as possible. Anticipated room rates are $99/night. Online reservation options are available. To contact the Martin Inn directly, call (888) 654-9020. A block of rooms has not been reserved for this conference.

Comfort Inn

Clemson HotelsThe Comfort Inn is located approximately 1 mile from the Clemson University Campus. A block of rooms at a rate of $60.00/night has been reserved under “SPDN Invasive Species”, Group Number 3215. Reservations must be made by Friday, April 6, 2007. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at this rate, and availability will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. To contact the Comfort Inn directly, call (864) 653-3600.

Check-in is at 4:00 PM and check-out is at 12:00 PM (noon). A deluxe continental breakfast is served from 6:00 AM until 9:30 AM during the week and until 10 AM on the weekends. If a reservation must be cancelled, please call the hotel 24 hours in advance.

 Click Here for a guide to other hotels available in Clemson, SC.

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Workshop Sponsors


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Area Information

Air Transportation

Clemson, SC is situated approximately 40 minutes from the  Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport



Ground Transportation

The Clemson University Student Union Clemson University Student Union can be contacted (864) 656-4357 for shuttle options and details.


A list of rental cars available at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is available here here. 

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For Further Information

Program & Training Information:
Dr. Amanda Hodges
SPDN Entomology Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Entomology-Nematology Department
Natural Area Drive
PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
PHONE: (352) 392-1901 ext. 199
FAX: (352) 392-0190

Local Information:
Dr. John Morse
Professor of Entomology
Department of Entomology, Soils,
    and Plant Sciences
Clemson University
Long Hall, Box 340315
Clemson, SC 29634
PHONE: (864) 656-5049
FAX: (864) 656-5065

Registration Information:
Ms. Sharon Borneman
UF/IFAS Office of Conferences
 and Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

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