IPM Coalition

integrated pest management

2018 Present setup

In its present state the pesticides database shows 688 Highly hazardous pesticides with allowances under 8 certification schemes, including registration numbers, synonyms and trade names, toxicity classes, related newsitems and related Cabi factsheets.


Search, find and download

As a result of rigurous content indexation, users can:

  • search and find active ingredients based on active ingredient name or Cas registration number;
  • search and find active ingredients based on synonym and trade name, where the system will suggest the name of the actual ingredient (ISO spelling);
  • apply easy filters, and create overview lists based on certification allowance;
  • compare certification allowance and create composite lists for multi-certification. For instance:
    • create a list of Fairtrade yellow AND San risk mitigation, or;
    • create a list of GCP banned OR Utz prohibited.
  • in addition to the composite list option, Coalition members can also compare lists based on exclusions, for instance: create a list of Utz prohibited AND NOT BCI banned.
  • filter and create sublists of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides etcetera;
  • filter and create sublists of toxicity classes.

All filters can be used in all combinations. All self composed lists can be downloaded in Excel format.


Search, find and understand

The database uses different sets of terms referring to, amongst others, toxicity classes and certification statuses. Term definitions are delivered in the form of pop-ups in the texts, making it easier for the user to understand the pesticide jargon. When a term is selected, the full definition will show to the user, including links to background information on third party websites.


Linked data

The development strategy behind the pesticides datatabase is to allow automatic data exchange with other likeminded web-resources, keeping the service up to date and attractive.
The pesticides database therefore is equiped with RDF enriched structured data and a wide variety of machine readable exchange formats.

Present exchange formats and sources in use are:

  1. Json: exchange of pesticide names, synonym names and trade names, registration numbers, toxicity classes and coalition statuses with Lars Neumeister's database. Update frequency: when needed;
  2. XML: pulling in newsitems from thousands of newspublishers wordwide. Update frequency: daily;
  3. Sparql: pulling in Wikipedia descriptions for active ingredients. Update frequency: live.

Under development with Cabi:

  1. Json: Cabi thesaurus with names of pests, diseases, weeds, beneficial insects, crops. Multilingual, with Latin as preferred term, allowing users to search for content in their preferred language. Cabi thesaurus also enables us to tag database content, allowing cross cutting relations between content (pesticide A is related to pest Y and Z, and related to crops B,C and F).
  2. Json: Cabi Knowledgebank factsheets.

See for further explanantion our pages on Stategy and Interconnectivity and the page explaining the use of Glossaries, Thesauri and Lexicons.

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