Using GIS and ArcIMS to Create an Application for Tracking and Forecasting Insect Infestation to Facilitate Precision Agriculture. Case Study: Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)

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Kelly Chan, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Mahmoud Kaboudan, Ph.D.
Thad Tilton, M.S.
Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.


The common use of pesticides in agriculture, blanketing the crops with insecticides when damage is noticeable, has been proven to be dangerous, costly and marginally effective. With careful monitoring and analysis of the location of pests, the farm owner will be able to reduce the quantity of chemicals sprayed through more efficient and effective application (the right place at the right time). The benefits of this type of pesticide application include not only improving crop yield and cost reduction but also the improvement in the overall health of the environment and people involved.

This ArcIMS application will provide the farm owner the tools to enter insect count data, view densities of the Mediterranean fruit fly, predict their location, view density time series, and receive a recommendation from decision support software. With the knowledge gained from information and technology, early detection of the Mediterranean fruit fly, can take place.

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