CHED Christine Jaworek-Lopes, Irvin Levy, Beatriz Rios-McKee  Monday, March 17, 2014 

664 - Creation of a smartphone app for common pesticides used in Delaware

Benjamin Barile2,, Aaron Givens1, Framk Fiedler2, Malcolm J D'Souza1. (1) Department of Chemistry, Wesley College, Dover, DE 19901, United States, (2) Department of Mathematics, Wesley College, Dover, DE 19901, United States

Synthetic pesticides are widely used in the modern world for human benefit. They are usually classified according to their intended pest target. Approximately 42 percent of Delaware is used for agriculture. In order to manage pests, such as insects, weeds, nematodes, and rodents, pesticides are used profusely to biologically control the normal pest's life stage. A pervasive problem of their extensive use is their widespread harmful impact on the environment, the economy, and on human health. Before they are registered with the EPA, laboratory animals are purposefully given high enough doses of these pesticides to test for short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) health effects.

In this project, we first created a database containing 62 pesticides that are commonly used in the State of Delaware. This database contains the pesticide structure, IUPAC name, log Kow (octanol-water partition coefficient), water solubility data, and was created using a commercial platform called KnowItAll®. Next, we extracted the pesticide data out of the KnowItAll® informatics system and created the additional uses and safety information sections. Finally, we developed a mobile application for smartphones displaying the pesticide database using; a cloud-based HTML5, jQuery Mobile and Hybrid Mobile app builder.

This research is funded in part, by a National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant (EPS-0814251); a NIH-INBRE grant (number 2 P2O RR016472-13); a NSF ARI-R2 grant (0960503), and a DESGC NASA Undergraduate Tuition Award.

Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 PM
Undergraduate Research Posters (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
Location: Dallas Convention Center
Room: Hall F


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