The Plantwise team are delighted to announce the launch of the Plantwise Knowledge Bank as an open-access online tool to help diagnose, track and provide management advice on pests and diseases.
The Plantwise Knowledge Bank plays an integral role in linking together plant health clinics, plant health systems, research, extension and governmental bodies. The Knowledge Bank enables countries involved in running plant clinics to securely store the data collected at plant clinics. These data allow countries to analyse patterns in pests and diseases which have been detected at the clinics. This provides an ideal surveillance tool enabling in-country policy makers to keep track of and react to changes and potential threats. The Plantwise Knowledge Bank makes scientifically-based information accessible using user-friendly online tools on an open access platform. This provides additional support to plant doctors, extension workers and farmers, helping them to control pests and diseases sooner and more effectively, leading to fewer crop losses. The Knowledge Bank contains a new country interface and diagnostic tool and over 1,000 treatment factsheets with more being added each month.
Plantwise country homepages allow farmers, extension workers and other interested parties to get a range of information that refers specifically to their chosen location. These dynamic pages include pest alerts, plant health updates, access to factsheets and pests lists, as well as links through to the interactive map and diagnostic search.
Diagnostic search tool
The Knowledge Bank contains a diagnostic search designed for farmers, plant doctors and extension staff working in the field. By answering simple questions on country, crop, and plant part affected, identification of the right pest is made easier than ever before using image-led results. The diagnostic search results are linked to Plantwise treatment support, including hundreds of factsheets, so control information based on Integrated Pest Management principles, is always to hand.
Interactive distribution map
The Plantwise knowledge bank contains an interactive plant pest and disease distribution mapping system. The interactive map can be used to plot multiple species together, so the distribution of crops and pests can be compared. Climate overlays can also be added. This will allow pests, diseases and crop protection to be analysed on a global scale.