ITP is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) division.

Our goal

The Identification Technology Program (ITP) supports PPQ in its mission to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the entry, establishment, and spread of economically and environmentally significant pests and facilitate the safe trade of agricultural products. Efficient and accurate pest identification is essential to our nation’s efforts to safeguard our natural and agricultural resources. ITP strives to keep PPQ’s digital identification resources current through the delivery of a variety of products that support screening and identification of invasive insects, mites, snails and slugs, diseases, and weeds.

What we do

ITP delivers innovative, scientifically valid, digital diagnostic resources to assist the people responsible for screening and identifying taxa that pose a risk to U.S. agriculture, natural resources, and our trading partners. We develop multimedia electronic diagnostic aids, keys, and tools in collaboration with taxonomic experts from around the country and around the world. We also provide training and technical support to our expert contributors, helping them develop quality products. Go to our product description page to learn more about the products we deliver to support pest identification.

Our team

We are located in Fort Collins, Colorado in the PPQ Science & Technology Fort Collins Laboratory.

Todd Gilligan, PhD develops screening aids and works in the ITP molecular diagnostic lab.

Amanda Redford works on identification tools, mobile apps, and Fact Sheet Manager.

Julia Scher works on ID Aids, identification tools, and mobile apps.

Terrence Walters, PhD works on imageID, IDpic, and mobile apps.

Richard Zink, PhD is the coordinator of the program and the director of the Fort Collins Lab.