NEW ELECTRONIC SOURCE FOR IPM INFORMATION
IPMnet is up ---- and at least jogging, if not sprinting.
The importance of making environmentally friendly pest management
information more widely available, coupled with the nearly instantaneous,
round-the-clock access of the Internet, has produced IPMnet, the
Global IPM Information Service, offering integrated pest managment (IPM)
support on-line 24 hours/day.
IPMnet is designed to provide researchers, technical specialists, and
producers--as well as others who may be interested--a free source of
current international IPM information. It is also structured to create a
world-wide forum for developing and fostering IPM.
IPMnet, a joint effort of the Consortium for International Crop
Protection (CICP) and the National Biological Impact Assessment Program
(NBIAP, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), was created in late 1993 to
assemble and disseminate global information that will support IPM research,
teaching, technology implementation, and policy development. The IPMnet
electronic bulletin board contains a newsletter, information exchange
forum, technical reports, and databases.
IPMnet is intended to provide institutions and individuals with access
to a body of information that could be difficult and expensive to collect
through other means. In addition to serving as an information resource,
IPMnet also provides an effective channel for contacting others working on
the same problems. It also can serve as a locator for finding specialized
equipment or materials. There is also a forum to use for engaging
colleagues around the world in discussion and debate related to IPM
development and strengthening issues.
There is NO subscription fee or cost to use IPMnet, other than that
associated with using Internet. IPMnet sponsors want to provide
information and services to as wide and varied a constituency as feasible.
The only usage requirements are that first-time contacts complete a brief
questionnaire indicating professional interests and expertise, and,
secondly, that IPMnet users adopt a willingness to interact with others in
the network. The professional profiles of those contacting the IPMnet will
help build a database of IPM-knowledgeable individuals that can itself
become a useful component of the network. (Hard copy Registration
Questionnaires also can be requested from: CICP, Cornell University, NYAES,
Geneva, NY 14456-0462, USA; voice: 315-787-2252 * fax: 315-787-2276).
IPMnet's co-sponsors point out that the bulletin board concept of
electronic information has great potential, but only if the community
served participates. If IPMnet is to fulfill its envisioned role, national
and international organizations and individuals need to actively take part
in using and cooperatively supporting the service. That means sharing--as
well as seeking--information, offering opinions, and providing guidance. Of
course, any existing IPM-related databases that could be shared with the
IPM community would be most welcome at IPMnet. The IPMnet Newsletter also
is interested in running articles about IPM (with author credit).
The IPMnet is accessed through the Internet by selecting/keying in the
following (through a communication program/link):
then, at the prompt, keyboard: