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The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) , managed by the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, CAPS is a combined effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of agricultural crop pests and biological control agents. Survey targets include weeds, plant diseases, insects, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms. CAPS is a critical tool in determining the extent and nature of a pest infestation. The survey data collected each year are entered into the NAPIS database and used to determine pest distribution and population levels, the life-stages of specific target insects, first occurrences, and other pest-related phenomena of local interest.

The National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS)
NAPIS is a Web site and online database that houses all the information collected through CAPS. This information comes to NAPIS from trapping programs, coordinated field inspections, diagnostic lab identifications and other sources.

CAB International Plant Compendium (Wallingford, Oxon, UK)
The Crop Protection Compendium is an international, encyclopedic, mixed media tool that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information on all aspects of crop protection. It encompasses not only pests, diseases and weeds and their natural enemies, but also the crops that are their hosts and the countries where they occur. By subscription.

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