Systematics is the science that identifies and groups organisms by understanding their origins, relationships and distributions. It is fundamental to understanding life on earth, our crops, wildlife and diseases, and provides the scientific foundation to recognize and manage invasive species.
Situation Report on U.S. Systematic Biology (PDF | 5.9 MB)
ITAP, Systematics Subcommittee
Protecting America's economy, environment, health, and security against invasive species requires a strong Federal Program in Systematic Biology. This report documents the current situtation and needs for systematic biology. (A higher resolution PDF (259 MB) of this document is available here).
Federal Agency Survey on Systematics and Invasive Species
ITAP Systematics Subcommittee
Karnal Bunt of Wheat: A Systematics Success Story
USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory.
In 1997 the $6 billion U.S. wheat export market was saved from a threatened Karnal Bunt epidemic by a a careful systematic study at the ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory.
Beltsville Systematics Summit
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
On November 1, 2002 a distinguished panel of scientists and stakeholders convened to develop a long-term plan to build capacity for systematics research and biodiversity resources of critical importance to agriculture.