Urban areas are frequently the first site of introduction for exotic pests, where they remain undetected until populations are well established and have had harmful impacts on the health of host trees. Many communities routinely complete and update tree inventories, but often overlook pest invasions because pest detection tools are not part of the inventory process. There are also no processes in place for aggregating pest inventory data into a standardized form, which would allow communities to analyze pest trends that are otherwise difficult to detect across geographic or political boundaries.
The I-PED module in i-Tree Streets provides:
- A portable, accessible and standardized method of observing a tree for possible insect or disease problems.
- Integrated field data collection and desktop reporting tools.
For more information on I-PED, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/iped/