Submitted to: Bollettino Di Entomologia Agraria
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects cause millions of dollars in damage to crops each year, but information relating to the group is found in thousands of scientific journals and books and can be difficult or impossible to locate. A new web site called "ScaleNet" provides access to this diverse information through a series of synthetic and user-friendly queries. The purpose of this paper is to describe the ScaleNet system and give instructions on how to use the query system. This information will benefit all who are interested in the control, ecology, life history, pest exclusion, and pest management of scale insects including homeowners, pest-control operators, nurserymen, quarantine specialists, extension agents, and state and university researchers.
Technical Abstract: A number of changes have been implemented in ScaleNet since it was last discussed in 1998 at the International Symposium on Scale Insect Studies. These changes include addition of databases on the following 18 families: Aclerdidae, Beesoniidae, Carayonemidae, Cerococcidae, Dactylopiidae, Grimaldiellidae, Halimococcidae, Inkaidae, Jersicoccidae, Kermesidae, Kerriidae, Kukaspididae, Labiococcidae, Lecanodiaspididae, Micrococcidae, Phenacoleachiidae, Phoenicococcidae, and Stictococcidae making a totl of 23 families on line. The bibliographic file has grown from 11,000 to over 14,000 references and a system has been developed to look for variant spellings of author names. A new query has been added that allows a search for a string of letters in a species epithet and very soon a section on invasive species will be added. The "Scales in a Region/Country/Subunit/ Query" now allows a search for all of the species in a zoogeographic region, country, or country subunit in a particular scale family or genus. The "Hosts, Natural Enemies and Associates of a Scale Query" allows a search for all of the species that are found on a specified host, have specified natural enemies, or have specified associates in a particular scale family or genus. Significant progress has been achieved on the armored scale, margarodid, and asterolecaniid databases.