tCourse Overview

Plant Biosecurity in Theory & Practice is a unique course providing a global perspective on 21st Century challenges to plant health and the implications to human health and well-being. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on biocontainment laboratory training, interactive working groups, and a forensic desktop exercise, course participants engage in an overview of plant biosecurity. A series of plant biosecurity case studies provide real-world examples of incursions, response successes and failures, and the short and long-term impacts of those incursions.

Case StudiesDSC_2266

The theory and practice of plant biosecurity will be illustrated through several plant biosecurity case studies that demonstrate how these events play out in the real world. Instructors from several countries will present that case studies that were identified to represent different agents and response efforts that either succeed or failed. The case studies include bacteria, viruses, fungi, arthropod-borne pathogens, natural and agricultural plant systems, aerial and soil-borne organisms, and a U.S. select agent.The case studies provide an eye-opening view of preparedness and response to biological invasions in several countries.

Lab ExperienceIMG_8776

Participants will receive expert training in the Biosecurity Research Institute’s (BRI) mock biocontainment training Lab; a near-exact replica of an actual containment lab. BRI’s biosafety staff will teach proper use of biocontainment equipment and space, safe and secure handling of high consequence organisms, and essential biosecurity and biosafety measures in containment. Optional in-depth lab experience: A limited number of participants can choose an in-depth biocontainment experience in an operational biosafety level 3 containment lab. Under the supervision of experienced BSL-3 researchers, participants will enter a working lab and conduct a small exercise with a high consequence plant pathogen.

 Biosecurity Plan DevelopmentDSC_2156

Participants will be assigned to teams that will develop biosecurity plans for a nation, a commodity, and an agent. Experienced team leaders will guide the development of the plans. A group discussion will identify the elements of a good plan.



Forensics Desktop ExerciseDSC_2761

Participants will engage in a desktop exercise to analyze a disease outbreak in a forensic framework. Teams will be provided a scenario, evidence and an opportunity to query experts. The challenge will be to determine: intentional, accidental or natural? How good are your investigative skills?


Social Activitieshiking up hill at Konza

The planned social activities give participants the opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest attributes to Manhattan, Kansas and the local ecosystem. A BBQ & Hike in the Konza Prairie (National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research site) provides insight to the surrounding prairie and its natural state. A night at the museum: dinner and leisure at the Great Plains Discovery Center further investigates the great plains ecosystem in an entertaining and informational environment. The Little Grill provides a relaxing evening of socializing while enjoying the night air and eating a homemade cajun meal. They really use a little grill!

Course Diversity

Purple markers account for institutions past participants are from.

Blue markers account for the countries past participants are from.

Lab activities and updates for the J Stack Lab at Kansas State University

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