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The Bureau of Plant Industry

Exotic Pests

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Kenneth Calcote


P.O. Box 5207
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Telephone: 662.325.8488
Fax: 662.325.8397

Exotic plant pest are weeds, plant diseases, insects, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms that are not native to the United States. In some areas of the U.S., exotic plant pests have been found establishing and are considered invasive species. Invasive species are considered not native to the ecosystem and is likely to cause harm to human health, the environment or economical harm.

Through exotic plant pest surveys the Bureau can protect the State’s agriculture, environment, and citizens from the damaging effects of plant pests.

Examples of Exotic Plant Pest include:

» Sudden Oak Death
» Sirex Woodwasp
» Emerald AshBorer
» Panicle Rice Mite
» Giant Aftican Snail
» Light Brown Apple Moth
» Gladiolus Rust