Submitted to: Proceeding of Meeting on Areawide Control for Fruit Flies
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/15/2003
Publication Date: 12/31/2003
Citation: Mau, R.F., Jang, E.B., Vargas, R.I., Chan, C.M., Chou, M., Sugano, J.S. 2003. Implementation of a geographical information system with integrated control tactics for areawide fruit fly pest management. Proceeding of Meeting on Areawide Control for Fruit Flies. 5:23-33. Interpretive Summary: Geographical information systems (GIS) has become an indispensable tool for research requiring the mapping of locations and changes that occur over time in these locations. We have adopted a GIS system as an integral part of our areawide fruit fly IPM program in order to visualize changes in pest population that occur over time. This technology has been useful not only to researcher but growers who use GIS maps to help them integrate various pest control technologies in a timely manner. In this paper we discuss how GIS systems were used in our programs.
Technical Abstract: Mau, R A geographical Information System (GIS) employing a global positions system (GPS) to mark site specific locations of traps, host plants roads, land use areas and fruit fly populations within a specified operational "grid" was implemented as part of a five year fruit fly pest suppression program in the state of Hawaii. These new tools allowed implementation workers, researchers and other affiliated staff to easily visualize the multi-component nature of the IPM program individually or in complex arrays that could be combined or deleted as needed to move the program forward. The suppression program, one of the most complex of its kind to date funded by USDA has been successful in large part to the ability of managers to assess pest population levels over time and to develop management strategies based on the "layers" of information available to all members. The utilization of GIS/GPS into area wide pest management programs is rapidly coming into use, and we predict it will form an integral part of such programs in the future.