Submitted to: Interactive Agricultural Ecological Atlas of Russia and Neighboring Countries: Economic Plants and their Diseases, Pests and Weeds
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2009
Publication Date: 2/15/2009
Citation: Afonin, A.N., Greene, S.L., Dzyubenko, N.I., Frolov, A.N. 2009. Interactive Agricultural Ecological Atlas of Russia and Neighboring Countries:Economic Plants and their Diseases, Pests and Weeds (online). Available at: http://www.agroatlas.ru Interpretive Summary: An important component of food security is easy access to information on the economic plants, associated pests and environmental factors which shape the agricultural landscape of a country. This information is useful to farmers, students, agricultural specialists, and policy-makers. Geographic information system (GIS) tools allow maps and information to be assembled and placed in a framework that can be easily viewed and used by a wide audience. The Ecological Atlas of Russia and Neighboring Countries (AgroAtlas) brings together information on the geographic distribution and biology of crop plants, their wild relative species, and the species of diseases, pests and weeds that impact crop production. In addition, the AgroAtlas provides information on the agroecological conditions that impact crop production. Maps and GIS tools allow users to combine this information to answer important questions relevant to developing sustainable food production across the entire area of the Former Soviet Union.
Technical Abstract: The AgroAtlas is a comprehensive on-line bilingual reference on the geographic distribution of economic plants, their diseases, pests and weeds, and environmental factors that influence agricultural production through out the Former Soviet Union. Online users can read about and examine maps and images of 200 cultivated crops, 450 wild relative plant species, 200 crop diseases, 200 insect and mammalian pests, 175 weeds and 150 agroclimatic characters. Users can freely download data sets, an easy to use GIS software application, and a Help Manual. This information can be used to support analysis and decision-making and also allows the creation of custom maps.