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 situation and needs for systematic biology. (A higher resolution PDF (259 MB) of this document is available here).

Close-up view of wheat 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.

meeting room 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.