DATOC was formed in 2016 to create and amend tactical response plans for Huanglongbing suppression and management for California citrus.
Today, the Center is an interdisciplinary team of growers, entomologists, modelers, plant physiologists, data scientists, and other researchers, with input from regulatory personnel. We regularly produce analyses regarding the state of ACP and HLB in California, including policy briefings and program recommendations to the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee based on current research.
Most often, requests for DATOC analyses come directly from the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Subcommittees.
Meet our members
Methods of combatting the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing in other citrus production areas, if implemented in California, would not be enough to protect CA citrus growers. Growers and researchers recognized that CA needed to adopt an aggressive tactical response to suppression and management.
An independent group was proposed which would regularly conduct situational assessments and create and amend actions plans in a rapid, flexible, and responsive manner. The group would include expertise from the sciences, as well as growers and regulatory personnel, with the goal of providing science-based information to guide policy decisions, logistics, and operations.
Dr. Judy Brown
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, The University of Arizona
M.S. Plant Pathology, Washington State University
B.S. Horticulture, Minor: Plant Pathology, Texas A & M University
Dr. Brown is a Professor for the School of Plant Sciences and the Center for Insect Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is also the Arizona Coordinator for the Western Region Plant Diagnostic Network.
Dr. Neil McRoberts
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Edinburgh, UK
B.S. Crop Science, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr. McRoberts is a Professor of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, a panelist for the UC ANR Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative, and the Western Region Director for the National Plant Diagnostic Network
Dr. Tania Brenes-Arguedas
Ph.D Plant Ecology, University of Utah
M.S. Plant Ecology, University of Utah
B.S. Chemistry, University of Costa Rica
Dr. Brenes-Arguedas is an applied biostatistician and data modeler at the Quantitative Biology and Epidemiology Lab at UC Davis, and the Associate Director for the Western Plant Diagnostic Network.
Dr. Mamoudou Setamou
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Hanover, Germany
M.S. Crop Science, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
B.S. Agronomy, National University of Benin, Benin
Dr. Sétamou is a Citrus Entomologist, IPM Specialist, and Assistant Director at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco, TX.
Dr. Monique Rivera
Ph.D. Entomology, Rutgers University, NJ
M.S. Entomology, North Carolina State University, NC
B.S. Entomology, Plant Science, University of Delaware, DE
Dr. Rivera is a former Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside. She is now an Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit Entomology at Cornell University.