Interactive identification keys for pest detection and quarantine: incorporating non-traditional data

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: 3:40 PM
Meeting Room 6 A (Austin Convention Center)
Todd M. Gilligan , Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Interactive identification keys provide a variety of benefits over traditional dichotomous keys. One of these benefits is the ability to easily incorporate non-traditional data into the keys and associated identification resources that would otherwise be difficult or impossible with paper dichotomous keys. The use of interactive identification keys for pest detection and quarantine purposes has increased in recent years. In many cases, positive identification of an intercepted pest relies on morphological characters as well as host/origin information and possibly even molecular data. This presentation focuses on the incorporation of non-traditional data into Lucid interactive identification keys through the use of standard Lucid functions such as dependencies. The use of molecular data in Lucid identification resources is also discussed.