The key will provide biology for each thrips- species which includes information about vectoring diseases, type of damage caused, and life cycle. The most important focus of this project is the molecular methods designed to rapidly (24 hours) identify thrips eggs, larvae or adults that are intercepted.
Our objective is to aid inspection facilities in ensuring the agriculture biosecurity in the US and Canada. In addition the key will provide the user with the opportunity to progress through the key using either the country of export, plant material, molecular identification for egg, larvae or adult or by morphological characteristics. Inspection agents who are not familiar with taxonomic keys will be able to navigate through this key.
Now the software runs in English and Spanish on PC, MAC, Linux or Sun platforms.