Safeguarding and supporting specialty crops by providing a sustainable source of clean plant material through innovation, collaboration, translational science and outreach.
Why use clean plants? To increase quality, yield, and profit.
The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) is comprised of clean plant centers, scientists, educators, state and federal regulators, large and small nurseries, and growers of specialty crops that work together to ensure that plant propagation material is clean and available.
The Network was created to protect U.S. specialty crops such as berries, citrus, fruit trees, grapes, hops, roses and sweetpotatoes from the spread of economically harmful plant pests and diseases. NCPN ensures the global competitiveness of U.S. specialty crop producers by creating high standards for our clean plant programs.
The NCPN Economic Working Group has published a comprehensive paper in Plant Disease that describes the economic studies that are essential to the mission of NCPN. (Click to read more.)
After 27 years of service, Foundation Plant Services’ (FPS) Director, and NCPN-Grapes Chair, Dr. Deborah Golino will retire on July 1, 2021. We thank Deborah for her many years of dedication to the crop industries that she has helped advance through her research, outreach, and service. (Click to read more.)
High-throughput sequencing (HTS) was validated as a routine plant diagnostic tool for grapevine viruses. The study, supported by the NCPN HTS Special Initiative and published in the journal Viruses, will help advance HTS use in quarantine and certification programs. (Click to read more.)
“We take clean stock very seriously. Our independent growers want to grow our berries because they taste great, but also because of our nursery’s commitment to start clean and stay clean.”
Jenny Broome, Ph.D., Berries, Global Research-Plant Health Dept. Manager, Driscoll’s, Watsonville
“For our industry to stay profitable, we must start with disease-free plant material as part of controlling our costs and keeping production profitable. NCPN will have a long-term positive impact toward feeding the world’s population into the future.”
Nate Jameson, Citrus, Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery LLC, Florida
“The cleaner the seed, the less virus you’ll have, and the more saleable product you’ll have.”
Matt Alvernaz, Sweetpotato grower, packer, shipper, Merced County, California