Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species -- non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle -- to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment. By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app, a person can take pictures of suspected invasive species -- whether of farm, forest or water -- and upload the pictures and locations for verification. Based on this early warning, scientists can send out alerts, map the spread and figure out a battle plan.
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Ohio State University. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. PestNet.
The Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds apps have been developed to provide extension staff and lead farmers with relevant information to help them determine which organisms are causing crop problems and what appropriate action should be taken. This includes immediate corrective measures, as well as the steps that need to be taken to prevent such problems occurring in the future.