What pest is that? Recent developments in digital pest diagnostics

Norton, Geoff and Taylor, Matt (2010) What pest is that? Recent developments in digital pest diagnostics. Outlooks on Pest Management, 21 5: 236-238. doi:10.1564/21oct11

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Author Norton, Geoff
Taylor, Matt
Title What pest is that? Recent developments in digital pest diagnostics
Journal name Outlooks on Pest Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-1026
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1564/21oct11
Volume 21
Issue 5
Start page 236
End page 238
Total pages 3
Editor Len Copping
Place of publication Burnham, Bucks, U.K.
Publisher Research Information
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Good pest management practice on the farm requires insect pests, diseases, weeds, as well as beneficial organisms, such as predators and parasites, to be correctly identified. At regional and national borders, effective quarantine measures also require correct identification of intercepted organisms to deal with the increased threat of invasive pest species associated with increased world trade and travel. Where incursions have occurred, early detection and management of invasive species is again critical for advising on effective eradication or suppression. Over the past few years there has been a surge in efforts to provide online access to information on known and described plant and animal species, including pests and diseases. The most recent and most ambitious project is the Encyclopaedia of Life - EOL (www.eol.org) - a US based project that aims to provide access to a web page for all known species. Another global effort, focusing on invasive species, is the Global Invasive Species Information Network - GISIN (www.gisinetwork.org) - formed to provide a platform for sharing invasive species information at a global level. However, for the information contained in these and similar databases to be available to a specific individual, the scientific name of the species of interest needs to be known by that individual. If the specimen has not been identified, then access to information about it is not available. With the global decline in taxonomic expertise, increased reliance needs to be placed on new technologies to provide novel ways of identifying pest and beneficial species in the future. Genetic bar-coding, remote image diagnostics and pattern recognition software are some of the technologies likely to play an important role in the future, although some of these technologies are either still in development or not currently available to many practitioners. Computer based diagnostic technologies, on which this short article focuses and which includes identification keys and image databases, provide additional diagnostic tools for pest identification.
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Keyword Pest diagnostics
Identification keys
Pest image databases
Biosecurity aids
Quarantine identification tools
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 21 Mar 2011, 08:55:24 EST by Professor Geoff Norton on behalf of Centre for Biological Information Technology