Editorial: New approaches to pest control
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CTA. 2003. Editorial: New approaches to pest control. ICT Update Issue 11. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Insect pests reduce global food output by 25% to 35%, in spite of pesticide applications costing some US$ 32 billion annually.
Insect pests reduce global food output by 25% to 35%, in spite of pesticide applications costing some http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/a/a/157/, US$ 32 billion annually. New ways to combat the major pests are urgently needed in order to ensure food security for the world´s growing population. This issue of ICT Update illustrates that ICTs are playing an increasingly important role in integrated pest management (IPM), particularly in the areas of pest identification, prevention, education, knowledge sharing and eradication. In the field of pest identification, numerous online databases and innovative software applications are available to define and recognize pests ( http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/203/, see TechTip). In the area of pest prevention, geographical information systems (GIS) are now widely used to identify the areas at risk of pest invasions, and thus where preventive measures are needed. Rose W. Irungu et al. report on http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/193/1/34/, Awhere-ACT, a user-friendly tool that is helping farmers in Africa to combat pests such as stem borers and the cassava green mite. Equally important ICT-based initiatives are being implemented in pest education. http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/194/1/34/, CABI´s Crop Protection Compendium, for example, is an interactive database on plant protection that is available online and on CD-ROM. Amadou Bocar Bal and Julia Brunt describe how it is used as a training tool in Tanzania and Niger. In the area of knowledge sharing, Grahame Jackson et al. show that innovative IPM initiatives do not have to be high-tech and costly. Their http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/192/1/34/, PestNet project is an Asian-Pacific pest management email network that is both easy to maintain and highly effective. There are also promising ICT developments in the field of pest eradication. Shantanu Mathur explains how an http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/195/1/34/, IFAD project aimed at eradicating the Carambola fruit fly in Suriname and French Guiana is using satellite technology to effectively target infested areas. Finally, Dr Yunlong Xia, Head of ICIPE´s Information Technology and Bioinformatics Department in Kenya, reviews the http://ictupdate.cta.int/index.php/article/articleview/201/, status of and trends in combining IPM and ICTs in developing countries, and offers a promising glimpse of the road ahead. Special thanks to: Rodney Cooke, Dave Hodson, Geoff Norton and Richard Vernon