In 2014, Holly alerted our blog followers to the Plantwise factsheet library app, aimed to provide country extension workers with a portable electronic library of pest management factsheets. Since then, there have been in excess of 65,000 sessions of the app by our global users.
Apps are a great way of sharing information and give you the ability to carry your favourite library around with you. It’s not surprising then that a search on the Google Play store for ‘plant pests’ retrieves a plethora of other interesting and innovative apps, including ‘Pacific Pests and Pathogens’, which is a bundle of factsheets written within projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) plus volunteers from PestNet. Although the name suggests a focus on the Pacific, many of the pests are present in other regions and we are pleased to announce that we have collaborated with the University of Queensland to deliver these relevant factsheets via the Plantwise Knowledge Bank (PWKB) too. In addition to the existing 7000+ multilingual factsheets on the identification and management of plant pests and diseases already on the PWKB, there are now an additional 200+ factsheets from PestNet on problems from avocado dieback to zucchini yellow mosaic.