A New Smartphone App for Strawberry and Peach Disease Management (Sat., 1:22pm, 1/10/15)

— Written By NC State Extension

MyIPM, a new smartphone app for strawberry and peach disease management
Guido Schnabel, schnabe@clemson.edu, Mengjun Hu, Gregory Edison, and Roy Pargas
Clemson University, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Department of Computer Sciences, Clemson, SC

We developed a new smartphone application, MyIPM, to promote Integrated Disease Management for sustained peach and strawberry production in the southern United States. The app is available in the Google Play Store for Android phones and will also soon be available in the Apple Store for iOS devices (by March 1, 2015). It features about a dozen of the most important diseases of the two fruit crops. For each disease there are pictures of signs and symptoms, descriptions of the causal agent, and a 2-min audio from the regional specialist. The app features chemical and biological control options, including a list of registered active ingredients for each disease that are sortable by FRAC codes and southeastern spray guide-published efficacy. The app also features field toxicity values as published by the Cornell IPM Program. The active ingredients are linked to registered trade names. MyIPM also features some audio recordings from regional specialists on peach and strawberry IPM issues. Our vision is that this app provides a valuable tool for growers and specialists alike that supplements current spray guides. The unique display of active ingredients, color-coded by chemical classes, provides a useful tool to promote resistance management. The app requests and allows for feedback, which should help keep the information up to date at all times. MyIPM is fed by a database that can be updated through an authoring tool. The app is currently free of charge. It is expandable to more crops and may also have potential for other disciplines, such as entomology.

MyIPM is now available for Android phones in the Google Play Store. The direct link is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.clemson.myIPM . The apple version is not coming out until March 1.

Guido Schnabel, Ph.D., Research and Extension Plant Pathologist, Clemson University

schnabe@clemson.edu

864 656 6705

864 643 7131 (cell)

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Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Professor Emeritus (Strawberry Plasticulture Researcher)
Department of Horticultural Science
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NC State University
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