Case Studies

Spotlights

Agricultural Security Case Studies

Invasive species can have serious effects on the production, import, and export of livestock, crops and agricultural products. Systematics is the first line of defense, providing the basis for identification of invasive species, for understanding host and geographic distributions, and in planning strategies for control and management.


Biosecurity Case Studies

Invasive species most commonly enter the U.S. inadvertently via traditional trade or the smuggling of agricultural products but those introduced intentionally and maliciously also threaten our biosecurity. An active community of microbiological systematists provides a first line of defense against these pathogens.


Environmental Security Case Studies

Environmental security is threatened by invasive free-living and parasitic organisms ranging from vertebrates/invertebrates to viruses, bacteria, fungi, and pathogens of animals and plants. Systematics and the ability to accurately identify the earth's biota are essential for developing effective conservation strategies.


Human and Animal Health Case Studies

Systematics provides information crucial to forecasting the circumstances most conducive to epidemics. Collections as baselines and sound field-based research and surveillance systems serve to document the distributions of pathogens and their associated diseases.