Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA agencies conduct systematics research, maintain important collections, and use systematics as part of their regulatory and land management programs.



Agencies Conducting Systematics Research

Agricultural Research Service

the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency


Forest Service

manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.


Natural Resources Conservation Service

provides leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources.


National Institute of Food and Agriculture

supports research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations.


Agencies Using Systematics Research

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants.


Food Safety and Inspection Service

responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.


Foreign Agricultural Service

works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.


Major systematics resources maintained by USDA

Systematic Entomology Laboratory

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

The Systematic Entomology Lab conducts research on the identification of beetles. moths, flies, true bugs, aphids, termites, thrips, scale insects, and mites that impact U.S. agriculture and security.


U.S. National Fungus Collections

USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory

The U.S. National Fungus Collections (BPI) are the repository for over one million fungal specimens worldwide and are the largest such collections in the world.


National Parasite Collection

USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory

A primary repository for parasite biodiversity nationally and globally, the U.S. National Parasite Collection, acquires specimens and curates critical collections.


USDA Nematode Collection

USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Nematology Laboratory

The USDA Nematode Collection database has more than 34,000 records. The database can be searched by genus name, city, state, country.