Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.


Weed Identification App Available

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012


Would you like to have weed identification book with you at all times, but the logistics are impossible.   Have you  have lost your favorite weed ID book that used to be in your work truck?  Does the idea of carrying a copy of Weeds of the West in your day back make you tired just thinking about it?  We have an answer for you.

There is a new Android app for tablets & smart phones.   It is the Expert Identification System by XID Services Inc.   It has over 1,000 broadleaf plants and and interactive weed ID system.    If you have your phone you have help.

Becky just saw a demo and once it is on your phone you don’t even need service to use it.   There is a two day special going on right now and you can have it for $9.95  Here is the link.

This is not an endorsement of this product, but it looks like a winner and we want to share it with you.   If you get it let us know what you think!

ID Source Released

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


CPHST’s Identification Technology Program (ITP) is pleased to announce the initial release of ID Source, developed through collaboration between CPHST and Colorado State University. ID Source is now available for you to quickly find trustworthy, identification-themed websites for screening, detection, and identification of plant pests, diseases, and weeds.

We are constantly critically evaluating thousands of web sites to determine their value for individuals who, like you, are associated with plant protection. Only those sites that we determine support ID Source’s purpose and its users are added and become “ID Aids.” Each ID Aid is thoroughly reviewed and “described” using category names that are likely familiar terms you may find easy to use when searching for ID Aids.  All ID Aids are also web-crawled for scientific names and common names that you might use when searching on the Internet for support. You will find that searching for ID Aids with ID Source is easy and that your results are more focused and valuable than standard Internet search engines can provide.

ID Source Features:

  • As of August 2011, we have selected and vetted over 1,400 identification-themed web sites for ID Source (ID Source’s “ID Aids”)
  • Offers you familiar and relevant search choices for filtering of ID Aids to results meeting your needs
  • “ID Aid Site Search,” ID Source’s new web-crawled Text Search component, allows you to locate specific scientific or common names on actual web pages within ID Aids
  • We mine the Web for both domestic and international ID Aids to help address the issue of pest introductions via global trade
  • We offer you the opportunity to be a part of ID Source’s user community and to have a stake in ID Source’s future:
  • Provide your ratings and reviews of ID Aids to assist future users when they attempt to find the “best” or most valuable ID Aids
  • Suggest web sites you think would be valuable ID Aids to keep the ID Aid collection growing and current
  • Give us feedback about ID Source – it is simple to do and will help us improve and increase the value of ID Source for you and your colleagues
  • Thumbnail screenshots have been captured and detailed information about ID Aids gathered for easy evaluation while searching for the right ID Aid
  • We have just completed mining the Web for valuable ID Aids that offer coverage of species included in the AHP 2012 list

ID Source can be accessed at: