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This page gives some guidelines on pages for pests, diseases and weeds. A summary of the development work for these pages can be found at Talk:Pests-diseases-weeds.

Taxonomic system

Information on the taxonomic position of a pest, disease or weed is usually displayed in the top right corner of a pest page and is provided through the category system of this wiki. The display of the taxonomic position is done through the Template:Taxinfo which is normally the first line of a pest page. A pest page is linked to a category page (usually a page for the genus) through a category assignment which is always the last line in a pest page. An example for a category assignment is "[[Category:Acyrthosiphon (genus)]]" in the page Acyrthosiphon pisum.

Literature database

Publications linked to a particular pest, disease or weed (see Publications) can be accessed through the links provided on the top left side of a pest page (e.g. see the box "Literature database" in the page Acyrthosiphon pisum). The Template:LiteratureDB is used for displaying the "Literature database" box. The parameters for this template need to be set according to the pest, disease or weed. E.g. no link to a crop list should be included for a mosquito species.

Other features of a pest page

The following components are also found in a page for a specific pest, disease or weed:

  • Image: - a photo on the right side under the taxonomic box.
  • Gallery: - a series of photos, e.g. for showing development stages or damage caused.
  • Links to other wikis: - if the pest page does not contain much detailed information, but Wikipedia or the BugwoodWiki does, a link to the respective page.
  • Synonyms: - a list of scientific synonyms.
  • Vernacular names: - a list of vernacular names using the Template:VN.
  • REDIRECTS: - linking the synonyms and vernacular names to the pest page through redirect pages. Through such redirects, the names will appear in the search suggestions when typing into the search box.
  • Number of records in the literature database: - a statement of the current number of publications in the literature database linked to this specific pest, using the Template:CountArticlesP.

Pages for genera

There are 2 type of pages for genera, pages with the namespace "Category" are used to organize the pest and diseases pages and normal description pages with details and literature lists, e.g. see Category:Aphis (genus) and Aphis (genus). A genus publication list combines the publication lists of the species under that genus and also includes articles which have been assigned to the genus directly, e.g. see the assignment to "Sitobion (genus)" at the bottom of the article Systematic Entomology (1997) 22, 333-344.

Combining the publication lists for the species under a genus is achieved through the templates processing a publication page when it is created or re-edited (by assigning for each pest species also the genus name to the literature database). This system of assigning publications to the genus of a pest has the following effects on the publication lists for a genus:

  • Pest species which are not yet entered into the system are not assigned to the respective genus because the system cannot find the genus. However, the pest species itself is still assigned to the literature database.
  • If a page for a pest is newly created its publications can be accessed immediately. However, the articles will only be assigned to the respective genus once the publication pages are re-edited.
  • A genus page should not contain a link to a publication list sorted by beneficials because the system does not provide links between genera and beneficals unless the beneficials are directly assigned to the genus.
  • Some species pages are category pages themselves, because they are further divided into subspecies, formae speciales or biotypes, e.g. see Category:Bemisia tabaci or Category:Fusarium oxysporum. In such cases the genus category does not contain links to the literature database because in the publication pages the lowest taxonomic units are only assigned to the species, but not to the next higher genus as well. Here the category pages for the species work like genus pages.

Because of these factors the publication lists for a genus or a species with further subunits can be incomplete and the Template:CountArticlesPg is used instead of Template:CountArticlesP in order to point this out.

Pages for higher taxonomic units

For category pages, the MediaWiki system automatically lists any subcategories or pages branching off from that category, e.g. see Category:Plant viruses. Further subcategories can by displayed by clicking on the "[+]" signs. The category system is useful for ordering the pest and disease pages and for displaying lists of species and genera. However, the wiki contains description pages (e.g. the page Plant viruses which provide details literature lists and links to higher and lower taxonomic units.

It should be noted that the system cannot display publication lists for categories above the genus category and therefore it would have no effect to assign higher categories to the pest records in a publication page.