Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/18/2014
Publication Date: 6/18/2014
Publication URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLTqmsTIMag
Citation: Miller, G.L. 2014. National Plant Diagnostic Network, Taxonomic training videos: Introduction to AphID. World Wide Web. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLTqmsTIMag.
Interpretive Summary: Aphids are pests that feed on many of the world’s agriculturally important crops, trees, and ornamental plants and cause millions of dollars of damage annually. In addition to direct feeding damage, aphids are one of the most important insects in the role of transmission of plant diseases. Identification of these insect pests are paramount in both regulatory or biological control programs. This training video provides provides an overview of general aphid morphology using an expert system called, “AphID”. Different training modules are discussed and highlighted to allow the student to familiarize themselves aphid structures and terminology. A recorded question-answer session highlights some of the most common questions new students may have when first studying aphids and using “AphID”. This video will be of special interest to regulatory personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.
Technical Abstract: Training is a critical part of aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) identification. This video provides visual instruction on the use of the expert system, AphID, for aphid examination and identification. The video demonstrates the use of different training modules that allow the user to gain familiarity with aphid morphology, terminology, and general use of the electronic key. This distance learning video is in support of the Enhanced Pest Identification and Technology effort (Farm Bill—H.R. 6124) and will be of special interest to regulatory personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.