The International Database on Insect Disinfestation and Sterilization or IDIDAS provides information on the doses of radiation applied for these purposes to mites and insect pests of crops and veterinary and human importance. It includes data on both the
doses required for the phytosanitary irradiation (disinfestation) of fresh and durable commodities infested with specific pests, and also the radiation doses used to induce sterility (sterilization) in target pests for the
application of the
sterile insect technique,
inherited sterility and
biological control as part of area-wide integrated pest management programmes. Information on
phytosanitary irradiation and sterilization doses, where available, is shown together for each pest species. IDIDAS includes the most complete information available on major groups of insect pests such as
screwworm flies, and
tsetse flies, but also other insect and mite pests.
Database Searching Features
IDIDAS entities follow a formal classification of pests descending from Class through Order, Family and Genus to Species and may be accessed through a
Taxonomic Tree. One or more common names is given to assist in the searching of the database, but these often differ from country to country and care must be taken to ensure that the species is correct
for the locality. Taxonomic classification is constantly changing, so where it is possible to do so with certainty, previous names (synonyms) of pests actually tested are given and are searchable.