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Information Services Division
The Information Services Division collects, stores, and disseminates information on animals and plants that impact the Department of Defense mission. Information is concentrated on disease carriers such as mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, and fleas, since these have been most important.
The Information Services Division is the information and communication service of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB). The Information Services Division, originally the Military Entomology Information Service, was established in 1962 under the Armed Forces Pest Control Board, the forerunner of what is now the AFPMB. The Information Services Division staff consists of commissioned military entomologists from each branch of the armed services and one civilian entomologist.
The Information Services Division personnel index, analyze, summarize and disseminate information on natural resources management; environmental biology; and the biology, ecology, geographic distribution, taxonomy and control of vectors and pests. Areas covered include epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases; stored product pests; structural pests; vector/pest surveillance; chemical and biological control; toxicological information on selected pesticides and other chemicals; poisonous or venomous plants and animals; marine fouling organisms; biology and control of plant pests of turf, forests and landscape; fish and wildlife management; grounds maintenance; and conservation of natural resources.
The current Information Services Division database includes approximately 250,000 accessions, 180,000 of which are available online from our Literature Retrieval System (LRS), and a comprehensive reference library of over 1,500 books and 254 periodicals. DPMIAC has established liaison with other federal agencies, libraries, and information systems, including the National Library of Medicine, the National Agricultural Library, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), and the Dialog System. If information is not available in-house, it usually can be obtained through these additional sources. As a primary benefit to users overseas or in areas where library facilities are limited, complete copies of articles can be forwarded. When possible, users should attempt to obtain their own hard copies through the nearest library system. Authorized Information Services Division users include all DoD personnel, non-DoD members of the AFPMB, and certain personnel of other agencies associated with the AFPMB.