Software for pest-management science: computer models and databases from the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service

Pest Manag Sci. Jun-Jul 2003;59(6-7):691-8. doi: 10.1002/ps.682.


We present an overview of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) computer models and databases related to pest-management science, emphasizing current developments in environmental risk assessment and management simulation models. The ARS has a unique national interdisciplinary team of researchers in surface and sub-surface hydrology, soil and plant science, systems analysis and pesticide science, who have networked to develop empirical and mechanistic computer models describing the behavior of pests, pest responses to controls and the environmental impact of pest-control methods. Historically, much of this work has been in support of production agriculture and in support of the conservation programs of our 'action agency' sister, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service). Because we are a public agency, our software/database products are generally offered without cost, unless they are developed in cooperation with a private-sector cooperator. Because ARS is a basic and applied research organization, with development of new science as our highest priority, these products tend to be offered on an 'as-is' basis with limited user support except for cooperating R&D relationship with other scientists. However, rapid changes in the technology for information analysis and communication continually challenge our way of doing business.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture / methods*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Databases, Factual
  • Pest Control / methods*
  • Pesticides / metabolism
  • Research Design*
  • Software*
  • United States
  • United States Department of Agriculture*


  • Pesticides