1. General Model Information

Name: Rule Based Wholistic Insect Management System

Acronym: RBWHIMS

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: populationdynamics
Organization level: landscape, ecosystem
Type of model: rule-based
Main application: decision support/expert system
Keywords: pesticide management, rule based


Terrence Wagner
USDA-ARS Crop Simulation Research Unit
P.O. Box 5367
Mississippi StateUniversity, MS 39762Phone: 601 324-4378
Fax : 601 324-4383



WHIMS or rbWHIMS (rule based Wholistic Insect Management System) is a rule based expert system which provides information to the user for determining pesticide management strategies. It is primarily a farm management decision-making tool which describes arthropod-induced losses to field crops, and is a component of the GOSSYM-COMAX model.

WHIMS uses an insect scouting methodology for plant growth stages, and pest sampling by species and population levels. Output includes recommendations for pest control including timing of pesticide application or non-application, and when to observe the field situation for future management strategies.

Author of the abstract:


II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): Runs under Windows 3.1

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): C++, old version in ART-IM.

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

Plant growth stage, pest sampling varies by species; using

III.2.1 Input

Plant growth stage, pest sampling varies by species; usingquadrant method. Population levels.

Model Input Data Source: Field scouts on forms which are input into a computer database. Makes recommendation-wait, don't do, spray now

III.2.2 Output

Makes recommendation-wait, don't do, spray now

IV. References

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

This model could possibly serve as a link between farm management(pesticide applications) and water quality issues facing an ecosystem orwatershed.
Last review of this document by: T. Gabele: 08. 07. 1997 -
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