The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program is a Cooperative project between the University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine. This cooperative effort is intended for the mutual benefit of the cooperators as well as the people of Tennessee and the United States.

Programs and activities are planned by the University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Service in conjunction with UT Research and Teaching, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA, and Private Industry. The goal of the program is to produce needed information relative to endemic and exotic pests which might occur in Tennessee. It is also intended to provide information to the University, Industry, and others on the Export requirements of American agricultural products which will assist in the movement of agricultural products in Interstate and International commerce. The collected pest survey data is stored in a national computer database, called NAPIS.

Activities and Surveys conducted include:

  1. Exotic Pest Survey - Assist with and maintain exotic traps across the state for False Codling Moth, African Cottonworm and for Egyptian Cottonworm.

  2. Exotic Bark Beetle Survey - Assist with and conduct Port-of-entry and other trapping for exotic bark beetles (Ips typographus, Hylurgus ligniperda) at four river port locations in Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.
  3. Tobacco Blue Mold Survey - In 1980, a blue mold monitoring system was developed through the Tobacco Disease Council to report the annual detections and spread of this devastating disease. A coordinator for each tobacco growing state monitors the local situation and alerts counterparts in other states when blue mold is detected. Through use of this system, the annual movement of blue mold can be plotted and related to the weather patterns and storms that carry the fungal spores north into the United States.

  4. Africanized Honey Bee Survey - The Africanized Honey Bee is not known to occur East of the Mississippi river. The purpose of the project is to monitor the likely points of artificial introduction of Africanized Honey Bee into Tennessee.

  5. Gypsy Moth Survey - The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service will provide assistance to APHIS-PPQ in the detection, delimiting, control and eradication of gypsy moth infestations through-out the state of Tennessee. Approximately 18,000 cooperative detection/delimiting traps for gypsy moth are operated annually through out the state.

  6. Pink Bollworm Survey - The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service will provide assistance to APHIS-PPQ in the detection, delimiting, control and eradication of pink bollworm infestations through-out the state of Tennessee.

  7. Pine Shoot Beetle Survey - The purpose of this project is to determine the presence of Pine Shoot Beetle and to record the presence and spread of the pest throughout the United States. This pest is not known to occur in Tennessee. Pine Shoot Beetle can cause serious damage to the new growth of healthy trees as well as to the trunks of weak and dying trees and bark covered logs and lumber. High risk counties and sites will be intensively surveyed for this pest.

  8. Tropical Soda Apple Survey - USDA-APHIS-PPQ and Department of Agriculture have conducted surveys during 1994 and 1995 in livestock animal locations to check for the presence of the noxious weed, tropical soda apple. Veterinary Services has agreed to monitor sale barns and adjacent manure disposal areas for the weed. UT Extension personnel have been alerted to watch for the presence of this pest across the state.

  9. CAPS National Karnal Bunt Survey - Karnal bunt disease of wheat was detected in Arizona, March 8, 1996. Emergency actions are underway to manage the area where Karnal bunt may have originated in the U.S., where it may now be in the U.S., and where areas of the U.S. may have been put at risk. Prior to the March 8, 1996 detection, Karnal bunt disease had not been found in the United States.

There is an ongoing annual National Karnal Bunt Survey coordinated through the USDA CAPS program, which will demonstrate areas of the country which are free from the disease. The national survey will emphasize sample collection after harvest since the disease is not readily detectable in the field. To date, all Tennessee wheat growing counties have tested negative for Karnal bunt disease.

Powerpoint presentation on CAPS survey: January-May, 2001 Inservice Training for Extension personnel.


Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)

National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS)

University of Tennessee Extension Entomology and Plant Pathology Department

Entomology Society of America (ESA)

American Phytopathological Society (APS)

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Updated 6/04/01