There is a worldwide need for accurate and easily accessible pest resistance information – information that will be used by numerous stakeholders in agriculture, human health, and animal protection as well as structural, ornamental, and other pest management arenas. In addition regulatory, structural, and evolutionary pressures surrounding resistance development illustrate the need to document, understand, and manage resistance more effectively. In order to effectively manage resistance there is a clear need for access to appropriate and critical information by decision makers. Our goal in implementing a resistance database is to help address arthropod resistance by evolving an integrated, cooperative system to effectively deliver resistance information efficiently. Our information currently resides in an electronic database at Mark Whalon’s laboratory at Michigan State University’s Center for Integrated Plant Systems and is available via the Internet at http://www.cips.msu.edu/resistance/rmdb/. The database design features a central table of 'resistance' records with five key pieces of information: the arthropod, the pesticide, the location (country), the year, and a reference to the document reporting the case. There are secondary tables that elaborate on these five key informational groups as well as auxiliary tables to help refine the information further or link to external data sources. The database is, in essence, an historical snapshot of resistant arthropod detection and monitoring. The primary outputs are counts of compounds, species, regions and documents over time. Currently we are developing an electronic input interface available over the World Wide Web. To participate in this experimental process, please contact Erin Gould (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Whalon (email@example.com).
Keywords: arthropod, resistance
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