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Agricultural Biosecurity Curriculum

This is a pilot program currently being tested with High Schools across the state. This 10-part Unit of Instruction is a collaborative effort between the Texas Invasive Species Institute, SHSU Department of Agricultural Sciences and SHSU Department of Computer Sciences with funding from the USDA-APHIS-PPA program.

Teachers: Please download the Curriculum Guide, Student Workbook, and Lesson Slides to introduce this curriculum in your classroom!

Teacher Curriculum Guide

Teachers: The link above allows you to download the Curriculum Guide which includes lesson plan structure, instructions and more for delivering this curriculum to your classroom. Remember to also download all 10 of the Lessons listed below.

Student Workbook

This workbook needs to be printed out for each student to use throughout this curriculum. It includes note sections for all 10 lessons, anticipation questions, invasive species pictures, invasive species prevention campaigns, and worksheets that are filled out in conjunction with certain lessons.


Lesson 1: Overview Introduction to Invasive Species
Lesson 2: Priority Crops and Pests by Commodity
Lesson 3: Agricultural Biosecurity
Lesson 4: Agricultural Impact of Soil and Cyst Nematodes
Lesson 5: Forest Health Impact by Pests and Diseases
Lesson 6: Invasive Mollusks of Recreation and Human Health Concern
Lesson 7: Transmission Pathways of Invasive Species
Lesson 8: Invasive Plants by Texas Ecoregion
Lesson 9: Invasive Plant Identification and Management
Lesson 10: Take Action! Citizen Science and Beyond.


The following animations are paired with many of the lessons above. The lessons will direct you to the appropriate animations when neccessary. These animations can also be enjoyed as a stand alone video. Please keep in mind these are large files. Upload and buffer speed may very, especially when opened on a mobile device.

Asian Citrus Psyllid Lifecycle
Citrus Greening
Lifecycle of Gall and Cyst Nematodes
Red Ring Nematode and South American Palm Weevil Lifecycle
Transmission of Fire Ants
Spread of Exotic Pets: Pythons
Spread of Emerald Ash Borer
Zebra Mussel Introduction and Spread