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2001UC IPM on the World Wide Web

Contents
Information Available from the UC IPM Web Site
Web Site Supports Data Sharing by Research Projects
New "Quick Tips" Series Inaugurated
Calculate Degree-days with Your Own Weather Files
New 30-year Weather Averages
Most-Accessed Crop Guidelines and Pest Notes


Information Available
from the
UC IPM Web Site

A wide range of pest management information and related data is available on the UC IPM Web site:

Web Site Supports Data Sharing by Research Projects

In 2001 UC IPM's Web site was used by two wide-scale insect monitoring projects to collect field data into one place and display graphs to participants. To design the new Web-based program, staff worked with the Walnut Pest Management Alliance, led by IPM Advisor Carolyn Pickel, and a project devoted to validating degree-day models of six noctuid pests, led by Sutter-Yuba counties Farm Advisor Mike Cahn.

Observers monitor insect traps in fields in several California counties, then enter the trap counts into a spreadsheet, save it as a tab-delimited file, and upload it through the Web to a database at UC IPM. Immediately, graphs of the trap data and degree-days may be viewed on the Web by all project participants, and a complete data file for the season may be downloaded from the database for viewing or analysis.

The program was written to support a wide variety of research designs. Access to the online data can be restricted to observers, other participants, or released to the public, as specified by a monitoring project's leader. For a sample of the program, see "Pest Monitoring" on the Funded Projects Web page.

New "Quick Tips" Series Inaugurated

Sometimes readers just want a quick look at specific information offered by a site. A new series of Quick Tips offers summaries of different kinds of information available through UC IPM. The first set of Quick Tips pages are connected to our Pest Management Guidelines for home and landscapes (Pest Notes). Look up ants or fleas or cockroaches for examples.

These initial Quick Tips come from the consumer information cards developed and printed last year in conjunction with the Sacramento Stormwater Management Program. The cards provide information on controlling several urban pests and suggest alternatives to using diazinon and chlorpyrifos, which are known to contaminate surface waters in California.

Calculate Degree-days with Your Own Weather Files

UC IPM Web site users now can calculate degree-days and run degree-day models using their own weather data. The UC IPM calculator continues to be linked to the extensive California weather database, but users also can upload a delimited data file containing weather data from any location. A hand calculator lets users enter temperatures by hand. UC IPM's DOS microcomputer program DDU, may be downloaded free, but the new weather-file features on the Web replace its functions.

New 30-year Weather Averages

Weather data averages used on the UC IPM site have been recalculated for the period 1971-2000. Daily air temperature and precipitation data were averaged over the 30-year period for climate stations managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Most-Accessed Crop Guidelines and Pest Notes

Most-accessed Pest Notes:

Most-accessed Crop Guidelines:

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