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Caribbean Pest Information Network (CariPestNet)
Institution: Caribbean Pest Information Network
Implementation Date: Oct 08, 2005
Summary: Plant pests are always present, damaging crops grown for home consumption, domestic markets or export.

Invasive alien species can spread from country to country and adversely affect agricultural production and biodiversity.

The Caribbean Pest Information Network (CariPestNet) is an e-mail network that assists people of the Caribbean subregion in obtaining prompt advice and information on the identification and management of plant pests such as arthropods, micro-organisms, nematodes, molluscs and weeds.

Digital images of insects, diseases and weeds can be sent to CariPestNet as e-mail attachments either from the user’s normal e-mail programme or from the web site of CariPestNet using the Pest Identification Form.

The form allows the user to attach one or two images with restricted file size. Based on the digital photographs accompanying information on, among other things, the host, symptoms and growing conditions as outlined in the Pest Identification Form, the CariPestNet members provide advice on the identification of a plant pest and how to manage it.

The services provided are free to members of the network. CariPestNet welcomes members from anywhere in the world; however, the main focus is on providing assistance to people in the Caribbean subregion.
Impact: In supporting the exchange of information on issues relating to plant pests, CariPestNet links the Caribbean subregion with taxonomists and plant protection specialists worldwide.

It has intercepted a number of pests, thereby assisting Caribbean countries in the fight against increased pressure from invasions of pests and resultant economic and/or environmental damage
Source: Caribbean Pest Information Network
Project Home URL: http://caripestnet.org/index.asp?pgid=2
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