Application consists from 5 main parts: Guide, Atlas, Textbook, Manual and Quiz.
The application works without Internet connection, you can use it directly in nature if you see the unknown insect or find any damaged plant. Using the Guide you can narrow the number of possible species to 2-3 and then compare your object with their images and descriptions in the Atlas.
When crop pests and diseases occur, farmers want immediate help and advice. They don't want to wait and in many cases they cannot wait. Unless they act quickly, the crop could be completely ruined.
This app gives extension staff and lead farmers all the information they need to treat the crop instantly. If there is no way of saving a crop, the steps should help to prevent the problem occurring in the future.
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 236 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 ACIAR, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for providing support in the development of the app under a sub-regional (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga) IPM project (HORT/2010/090). We thank Identic Pty Ltd., (http://www.lucidcentral.org) for its development of the mobile app.
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.