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Patuxent Science Meeting 2006 Poster Abstract

Systematics and invasive species - Strengthening the Federal capacity

Reynolds RP, Sitnik M

Systematists are now challenged to provide even basic biological information for most potential

invasive pests, parasites and pathogens. Impediments to systematics are a lack of facilities

and funds, lack of expertise, and a lack of complete biodiversity informatics. Successful

prediction and response to emerging invasive species requires an active and sophisticated

systematics enterprise, but development and maintenance of such Federal programs have not

been fully realized. The Systematics Subcommittee of the Federal Interagency Committee on

Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) was established to help strengthen the

systematics resources for Federal agencies by advocating coordinated and expanded

interagency programs embracing research, collections and bioinformatics to promote effective

management and regulation of invasive species. This poster briefly reviews the mission, goals,

Friday, September 22, 2006



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