This app is for extension staff and lead farmers. It gives them the information they need to treat the crop immediately, but if there's no way to save it they also want to know what to do next time to avoid the same problem.
After choosing the crop of interest, a series of simple questions are asked narrowing down the choices until a match is possible by comparing thumbnail images. Each fact sheet is divided into sections on damage, biology and life cycle, and management.
So far there are  fact sheets, but this number will increase. There will also be shorter, less technical, fact sheets for farmers less familiar with English.
We would like to thank the University of Queensland for developing the Mobile app, and ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for providing the support to make it possible under a sub-regional IPM project (PC/2010/090).
The Collection Pests Reference is a reference and learning tool for the caretakers of all types of collections.
This app is provided by CollectionPests.com, a site developed and maintained by ZAKS.COM. Collection Pests is an online pest tracking and information storage system for Museums, Libraries, Archives, Historical Institutions and Societies and Galleries.
The initial database contains 28 of the most common pests of concern to collection caretakers. The database contains the Common and Scientific names of the pests, the scientific order, the risk assessment according to the guidelines developed by the Musuempests Working Group and an image of the pest.
The pests included in this release are:
Firebrat, Varied Carpet Beetle, Brown Banded Cockroach, Larder Beetle, True Powderpost Beetle, House Mouse, Norway Rat, Black Larder Beetle, American Cockroach, Book Lice or Pscocids, Odd Beetle, Gnat, Spider Beetle, Drain Fly, Brown House Moth, Casemaking Clothes Moth, Deathwatch Beetle, Drugstore Beetle, Furniture Beetle, Furniture Carpet Beetle, German Cockroach, Hide Beetle, Oriental Cockroach, Silverfish, Warehouse Beetle, Webbing Clothes Moth, White Shouldered House Moth and the Woodlouse Hunter Spider.
Also included are the FLASH CARDS created by the students at Fleming College attending The Museum Management and Curatorship Program. There are 9 cards of the most popular pests. There is a whimsical drawing of each pest along with a realistic rendition - a great teaching tool for children and those new to pests in collections.
In addition we are very pleased to include the ID CARDS developed by Christina Cain from the University of Colorado Natural History Museum. This set feature actual photos of pests in action.
CollectionPests.com was created by Zak Software, a contributor to the groundbreaking work of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group. Their web site is at http://museumpests.net.
Any ideas would be welcome - please contact us with yours.
Leon Zak, CollectionsPests and Zpests creator.