Disease Detection in Citrus

Huanglongbing (HLB) disease has arrived in California and is deadly to citrus trees. Trained working canines can detect an infected tree 2-8 months earlier than currently approved detection methods. Canine detection of Citrus Canker and HLB disease in citrus groves and nurseries have demonstrated a very high level of accuracy. We will be bringing trained canines from Florida to California to work with others towards the goal of saving the California Citrus Industry from HLB.

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"Citron"- Alerting on a HLB Infected Tree

"Citron", pictured above, is one of the first dogs trained to detect HLB in 2007. Now retired, she was owned and trained by J & K Canine Academy/Scentworks.

Trained Dogs Set to Sniff Out Deadly Citrus Disease

The Fresno Bee: September 17, 2018

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A Joint Venture

Florida and California Detection Dog Companies Work Together 

Canine Detection Services has formed a partnership with J & K Canine Academy/Scentworxs division in order to bring fully trained HLB detection dogs to California. Our current plan is to sell detection services directly to growers so they themselves can make decisions about canine alerts on their trees. 

Lisa Finke, President of Canine Detection Services Corporation in Fresno, California brings to the partnership a passion for California Agriculture and farming families. She grew up on Schmidt Family Farm in Selma, California and feels a great sense of urgency to stop HLB from entering the commercial citrus groves of California.  She trained dogs professionally in East Africa beginning in 1996 and in 2017 entered the working detection dog industry.

Pepe Peruyero, CEO of J & K Canine Academy Inc. and Scentworx in Alachua, Florida. He brings 18 years of law enforcement experience, which included being a K-9 Officer, and 22 years of professional dog training experience. 

He has trained and commercialized detector dog services for multiple uses in agriculture (Citrus Canker, HLB, Argentine Stem Weevil), Entomology (Bed Bugs, Termites), Conservation (Sea Turtle Egg Detection, Duck Egg Detection) and the detection of Burmese Python Snakes in the Everglades of Florida.

HLB Early Detection Methods Available Now; More Coming Soon

Citrus Industry: October 5, 2018

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HLB Detection Dogs Coming to California

Citrus Industry: August 22, 2018

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Interview about HLB and Canker Detection Dogs 

Trained by J & K Canine Academy

AgNeTVideo: Citrus Expo 2013-Scent Worx

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"Juice"- The First Canker Detection Canine

Citrus Canker is a disease caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas axonopodis. Infection causes lesions on the leaves, stems, and fruit of citrus trees, including lime, oranges, and grapefruit. Dogs trained by J & K Canine Academy on Canker were a part of a USDA ARS Research Project in Florida. The research results show the canker dogs were over 99% accurate.  Pepe Peruyero, owner of J & K Canine Academy/Scentworxs in Florida is pictured above with "Juice".

Disease-Detecting Dogs

Citrus Industry: February 2012

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Disease-Detecting Dogs

Belize Ag Report: March-April 2012 (Re-print)

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Research on J & K Canine Academy Dogs Detection of Termites

Journal of Economic Entomology.   96 (4) : 1259-1266 (2003)

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Research on J & K Canine Academy Dogs Detection of Bed Bugs

Journal of Economic Entomology.

101 (4) : 1389 - 1396 (2008)

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Research on J & K Canine Academy Dogs Detecting Sea Turtle Eggs

Marine Turtle Newsletter

152 : 1-4

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AgNeTVideos: J & K Canines Effective at Citrus Canker Detection

October 2012

 Interview About Scentworx Training Dogs For Agriculture on WDSCTV 


Termite Detection Dog Video