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Systematics in Action

Phylogenetic Tree Diagram

DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Two scientist from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center discovered 15 new species.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Systematic Entomology Laboratory.

During the early 1990's an ARS scientist observed the spread of the brown citrus aphid throughout Central America and the Caribbean Basin, and warned Florida authorities of the imminent threat. As a result, resistant varieties were planted, protecting the citrus industry from large-scale devastation when the aphid arrived in Florida in 1995.

Teacher and students studying on a farm.

ITAP Systematics Subcomittee

These case studies from the ITAP Systematics Subcommittee's Situation Report on U.S. Systematic Biology illustrate ways in which systematics knowledge has contributed to solving problems in agricultural security, biosecurity, environmental security, and human and animal health.

Formosan subterranean termites

USDA. Agricultural Research Service

Systematics success stories from the ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory