ITP shares ID Aids with PestLens

USDA APHIS PPQ has a variety of pest tracking databases that help facilitate data-driven decisions for plant health safeguarding. PestLens is an early-warning system that supports PPQ by collecting and disseminating new information on exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds via weekly email notifications. PestLens also serves as a plant protection information dashboard, providing a web-based archive of articles and reports, as well as a record of the resulting decisions and safeguarding actions. (Access to some information is restricted to APHIS and CBP affiliates.)

PPQ’s strategic plan includes an initiative to increase access to data by integrating data systems. ITP's digital pest identification products complement PestLens's exotic pest focus, so, starting in July 2017, ITP began linking with PestLens. We link selected ID Aids to PestLens by pest name, and the ID Aids are displayed on the PestLens website in articles and reports that concern the pest. The ID Aids add valuable quick-reference identification resources to the pest protection information included in PestLens. So far, 90 ID aids have been selected and displayed in archived PestLens notifications, articles, and pest reports, appearing under the topic heading “Identification support (ITP ID Aids) for this pest.” Many of the 80 pests covered by these ID Aids were featured in recent PestLens email notifications. ITP will continue linking ID Aids to PestLens pests in the coming months.

The ID Aids below highlight pests mentioned in PestLens articles from May 2017 to February 2018. You can see these ID Aids in PestLens articles about Cacopsylla bidens, Candidatus Phytoplasma solani, Oryctes rhinoceros, and Coleophora spiraeella. (You may need to register to access the PestLens website.)

Phytoplasma solani

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

Contains a fact sheet, image gallery, host list and more.

iPhyClassifier

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Use one of three program modules to identify Candidatus phytoplasma species and organisms in the 16 Sr group/subgroup based on 16S rrnA gene sequences.

Grapevine Yellows: Flavescence dorée and Bois noir - Identification Guide

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This fact sheet describes disease progression by plant part and comparison to other grapevine diseases.

Hawaiian Scarab ID - Key

United States Department of Agriculture, ITP

Use this interactive key to identify adult beetles.

Coleophora spiraeella - Casebearing Moth

Lepiforum

Photographs of adult, pupa, and host damage; in German (pest description can’t be translated using online translator tools.