Simulation tools for Pest Risk analysis accounting for Ecological and Anthropogenic Drivers (SPREAD)

Project Contact: Abhijin Adiga
Funding Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID

Our complex food systems serve as conduits for the rapid spread of invasive species of agricultural crops. In this multi-disciplinary effort consisting of researchers from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, we are developing high-resolution computational models to study the spread of one such insect, Tuta absoluta, a devastating pest of tomato plants. This species accounts for multiple pathways of spread such as self-propelled, trade, and human mobility.