USDA mobile lab slows exotic pests

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture mobile biocontainment laboratory that will allow scientists to work more safely with invasive species and other agricultural threats was unveiled at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Fla., recently.

“This mobile unit will allow USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to continue cooperative efforts to protect American agriculture from a variety of pests and diseases,” said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling.