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Data from: Taxonomic, geographic, and diversity trends for exotic plant pests in recent biosurveillance articles

Data scraped from an online repository of 1,925 articles collected by the biosurveillance program, PestLens, from 2008-2018, and then edited. The 1,612 edited records shown had usable information for report date, pest species taxonomy and type, and country of report. Tabs are also included for the complete list of genera used to try to match extracted information, as well as a final list of all matched genera and their pest type. This data were used to identify significant and meaningful trends, patterns, or relationships in pest reporting over time, perhaps to better identify problematic pests.

PestLens is a Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) biosurveillance system wherein analysts search online, open-source material for information on exotic plant pests that have relevance to plant health in the United States (https://pestlens.info/). The objectives are to provide early-warning information about those pests, and to facilitate timely and appropriate safeguarding responses. PestLens provides a web-based platform for disseminating collected information, and documenting safeguarding decisions and resulting actions. PestLens has collected open-source reports about plant pests exotic to the United States since 2007.

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-378.6328125 -49.181703387707, -378.6328125 82.063963078468, -1.0546875 82.063963078468, -1.0546875 -49.181703387707))
Ag Data Commons
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Global countries and every continent except Antarctica
Temporal Coverage
January 9, 2008 to December 20, 2018
Data Dictionary
Contact Name
Caton, Barney
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:051 - Department of Agriculture - Safeguarding and Emergency Preparedness/Response
Bureau Code
005:32 - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service