Mary Beth Ahern, agricultural biologist with San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department inspects incoming plant material at the UPS facility. The task requires knowledge of botony and entomology in an attempt to intercept invasive pests. "This is where it starts," said Ahern.  Contaminated plants or fruit can start an infestation damaging to local agriculture.
David Middlecamp
12-24-2012
Mary Beth Ahern, agricultural biologist with San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department inspects incoming plant material at the UPS facility. The task requires knowledge of botony and entomology in an attempt to intercept invasive pests. "This is where it starts," said Ahern. Contaminated plants or fruit can start an infestation damaging to local agriculture. David Middlecamp 12-24-2012 dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
Mary Beth Ahern, agricultural biologist with San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department inspects incoming plant material at the UPS facility. The task requires knowledge of botony and entomology in an attempt to intercept invasive pests. "This is where it starts," said Ahern. Contaminated plants or fruit can start an infestation damaging to local agriculture. David Middlecamp 12-24-2012 dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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December 24, 2012 04:04 PM