Canine Agricultural Disease Detection Services
The dog’s meticulous sense of smell has caught attention of the agricultural world in using these animals to detect invasive pests or diseases. At F1K9, we train the world’s best detection dogs and put them to work in protecting plants and the overall agricultural world from exotic pests and diseases. Our mission is to help save the world’s agriculture through canine agricultural disease detection and pest control initiatives.
Our k9 agricultural disease detection program ensures that every canine undergoes a rigorous training and testing process to comply with the industry standards set by USDA and CCAADD. In fact, all of our training programs are designed and supervised by scientists and USDA technicians to ensure effective trainings and guarantee finest performance.
Our dogs are trained to identify two particular diseases: HLB- Huanglongbing and PPV- Plum Pox Virus. Our continuous collaboration with CCAADD ensure that we are optimizing on our standard and benchmarks to deliverer exceptionally good service dogs too boost agricultural sector and stabilize the economy. Our canines have constantly met and exceed the standard set forth by CCAADD on field and operations.
HLB – Huanglongbing Disease Detection (Citrus Greening Disease)
Huanglongbing (HLB) disease previously known as citrus greening disease is an epidemic that has led to 75% decline in the Florida’s citrus industry. The disease is caused by a bacterium found in Asian citrus psyllid and can be transmitted through infected plant tissues. Once a tree catches HLB, the symptoms of infection may take weeks to surface (in some cases, even months). This makes it increasingly difficult to cure the disease and the most effective solution is the removal of infected trees to deter it from spreading. Early detection of HLB can prevent an epidemic, but the most common method has been through visual inspection which can only be observed when it’s likely too late. With the disease’s recent arrival in California and Texas, the significance of early detection has been highlighted. This is why our huanglongbing canine detection service dogs are trained to provide huanglongbing detection services to agricultural department.
Research proves that trained canines can help detect the infected plant two to eight months earlier than the existing detection methods. This is why hlb disease detection services by F1K9 are focused on cost-effective, competent, and ethical training of the dogs for scenting-out the diseased plants before an epidemic strikes.
Citrus Greening disease canine detection is the optimal control strategy for inhibiting the disease from entering and spreading in commercial planting. Our highly trained dogs can alert on the packages and parcels arriving into state that contain agricultural product. Biologists can then inspect the packages that have been marked out to prevent unwanted plants, pests and other harmful diseases like HLB that pose threat to the well-being of agricultural sector, economy and people in general.
PPV Disease Canine Detection Services
Plum pox virus (PPV) is another epidemic that can threaten the stability of agricultural sector. PPV disease canine detection is the optimal method of detection and inhibition at early stage. Our PPV detecting canines have proved themselves operationally in recent breakout of the disease, which can wreak havoc on the fields and ecosystem.