Antkey Mobile, USDA ITP’s newest mobile app, is here!

The USDA APHIS ITP team is pleased to announce the latest addition to our mobile app collection: Antkey Mobile. Developed in cooperation with the tool’s author, Eli Sarnat, and Australia’s Identic team, this app is based on ITP’s web-based tool, Antkey .

Lucid Mobile apps offer you the identification keys you’ve come to rely on from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. Antkey Mobile (free for Android or iOS) allows you to take your Lucid key with you into the field for surveys and screening, even if your field site lacks internet access. Continue reading

Bee Mite ID: Bee-associated Mite Genera of the World

Authors: Pavel Klimov, Barry OConnor, Ronald Ochoa, Gary Bauchan, Amanda Redford, and Julia Scher

bee-mite-idITP is pleased to announce the release of its latest identification tool, Bee Mite ID: Bee-associated Mite Genera of the World. Pollinating bees play an essential role in agriculture, and parasitic mites are known to be a factor in recent declines in bee pollinator populations. Varroa destructor, an introduced mite parasite and disease vector, has decimated colonies of the European honey bee, one of the most important agricultural pollinators in the world. Global trade in alternative pollinators increases the likelihood of moving mites, so there is a potential for more Varroa-style invasions. Biosecurity specialists and beekeepers need a tool to help them identify the mites of greatest concern to help prevent such invasions. Bee Mite ID enables users to identify the mite life stages that may be found on bees or in their nests and to distinguish harmful from non-harmful mites. The tool focuses on mites associated with important pollinators and includes components both specialists and non-specialists can use. Continue reading