First UC app for integrated pest management outreach
IPMinfo app is a guide to pests and diseases for strawberries and vegetables
What Has ANR Done?IPMinfo is the first integrated pest management information app from the University of California. It provides agricultural professionals with one-touch access to information about the biology, symptoms of damage, and management options for pests and diseases. For each pest, users will find information on its biology and damage symptoms as well as associated photos. Links in the management section take users to the UC IPM website for detailed information on control options. The disease section has information on symptoms and management options along with useful pictures. The free app was created by Cooperative Extension advisor Surendra Dara of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, a member of the UC Statewide IPM Program.
Instant access + Instant info = Instant successWithin just five months of its release, more than 300 people had downloaded the free IPMinfo app. Positive feedback from industry and community-based users has confirmed its usefulness, reliability, and user accessibility. IPMinfo currently has information in English on strawberry pests and diseases, but the app template can easily be expanded to include information for other crops as well as translations to other languages. Furthermore, this app was developed in only four months and on a very small budget, demonstrating the potential for UC ANR to improve outreach quickly and economically and to rapidly respond to California’s local and industry-wide needs.
Clientele Testimonial“What a great app. This is a modern day of information instantly. As a newcomer to the strawberry community, this will be a great help to me in learning current issues.” - strawberry industry trader
Supporting Unit:Santa Barbara County
Surendra Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM Advisor, (805) 781-5940, firstname.lastname@example.org