BioSIM is a software tool designed to assist in the application of temperature-driven simulation models in pest management. It can also be used as a tool in the development and analysis of such models for purposes of scientific investigation.
However, BioSIM’s main purpose is to generate forecasts of features or “events” in the seasonal biology of pests or their host plants. Forecasts are made by simulation models provided by the system and are based on regional air temperature and precipitation interpolated from nearby weather stations, adjusted for elevation and location differentials with regional gradients.
BioSIM is of interest to any organization responsible for monitoring or managing insect pest populations in outdoor situations (forestry, agriculture, horticulture). BioSIM can be used to plan the timely deployment of sampling/surveying crews and materials (e.g. pheromone traps) without the need for extensive phenology monitoring. Also, it can help time the application of pest control substances for optimal results. Thus, using BioSIM can help optimize the use of pest management resources in a cost-effective manner.
You can download BioSIM from the FTP site: ftp://ftp.cfl.forestry.ca/regniere/software/BioSIM/.
If you have any questions, please contact: Rémi Saint-Amant.
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