Resources for Farmer-to-Farmer Workshop Saint Catherin Jamaica


Resources for Farmer-to-Farmer Workshop

Bodles Research Station, Old Harbour, St. Catherine, Jamaica

March 19-25, 2023


The Plant Protection Diagnostic Laboratories operates under the Plant Protection Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF), with research and diagnostic activities being done at Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, Jamaica. The Unit comprises three main diagnostic laboratories, namely Entomology, Nematology, and Plant Pathology

The mandate is to mitigate against crop pests that threaten agricultural production and help to safeguard the nation’s food security. Accurate and timely diagnosis is critical to achieving this mandate. The Laboratories not only work with endemic pests but also collaborates with other divisions within MOAF such as Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspection (PQ/PI) and Rural Agricultural Division Authority (RADA) among other institutions to mitigate the risk of invasive pest species to Jamaica’s agricultural and ornamental subsectors. 

Three major programs of the Plant Protection Diagnostic Laboratories are:

      a. Diagnostic and Advisory Services: Identification of plant pests and making recommendations based on good agricultural practices for management.

      b. Pest Surveillance: Collection and recording of data on pests of concern.

      c. Pest Research: Investigation into pest biology and management strategies

Main Crops: Pumpkin, Breadfruit, Sorrel, Pepper (Scotch bonnet, WI Red), Yam (Sweet, R/L, Yellow), Sweet potato, Soursop, Sweet sop, Mango, Dasheen, Scallion, Onion, Thyme, Cocoa, Banana, Sugarcane, Guinep, Ginger, Tumeric, Avocado.

Main Pests:

  • Hemiptera (Heteroptera, Homoptera): Mealybugs, aphids, stink bugs, whitefly, scale insects, leafhoppers;
  • Lepidoptera (larvae): Fall armyworm, beet armyworm, corn earworm, melon worm etc.;
  • Coleoptera: Families like; Curculionidae, Bostricidae,, Cerambycidae, Scolytidae, Chrysomelidae, Scarabaeidae, Buprestidae, Staphylinidae;
  • Thysanoptera: Thrips palmi, Frankliniella spp. Other thrips of economic importance:
  • Diptera: Fruit fly, leaf miner, fungus gnat.



Workshop Resources

Pre-Workshop Materials

Entomology Handouts and Videos

Invasive Species Handouts

Plant Pathology Handouts


Molecular Techniques

Data Analysis

Outreach and Engagement


Post-On-Site Visit

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Creating IPM Programs: Slideshow (PDF)




Silvia Rondon, PhD (she/her)

Silvia Rondon is the Oregon IPM Center Director, and a Professor and Extension Entomology Specialist at Oregon State University affiliated to the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences. She received her BA and MS in Entomology from the Agraria University in Lima, Perú, and PhD in Crop Sciences with a major in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002, she worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida Horticulture Department. In Sept-2005, she joined Oregon State University. Her area of expertise is IPM with an emphasis in insect ecology, insect distribution, population dynamics, insect-plant interactions, biological control, insect-plant pathogens interactions, and chemical control. Her academic record can be found here

Dr. Surendra Dara

Dr. Surendra Dara is an entomologist with more than 25 years of experience in IPM and microbial control.  He worked on numerous invasive and endemic species of arthropods and plant pathogens.  Dr. Dara has a strong research and extension background working on irrigation, nutrient, and pest management issues, biostimulants, and biological soil amendments to develop sustainable agricultural solutions.  His research and extension covered commodities such as alfalfa, cassava, cotton, small fruits, and vegetables serving agricultural communities locally, regionally, and internationally.

Dr. Jeremiah Dung

Dr. Jeremiah Dung is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University (OSU) in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and Interim Director at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center (COAREC) in Madras, OR. Before arriving at COAREC, Dr. Dung earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology at Washington State University and was a postdoctoral scholar at the OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Dr. Dung’s current research focuses on the epidemiology, population biology, and integrated disease management of plant diseases affecting seed and specialty crops in central Oregon.