Lichtenfels, J.R., J.H. Kirkbride, Jr., and D.J. Chitwood, eds. 1998.
Systematic Collections of the Agricultural Research Service, revised.
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Miscellaneous Publication No. 1343, 77 pp.
The survival of humanity and the other organisms with which we share this
planet depends on a detailed knowledge of numerous plant and animal species,
varieties, breeds, cultivars, or strains exploited for food or fiber. This
knowledge requires well-organized collections of reference specimens, which can
be stored and retrieved as sources of information. Many such collections are
included in the systematic collections of the
Agricultural Research Service (ARS),
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This report describes in detail 12 systematic collections under the care of
various ARS laboratories. Information is provided on the purpose, history,
location, size, major achievements, and associated research programs and other
provided services such as loans or identification of specimens. Many other ARS
scientists curate smaller, specialized collections for their own research.
Computerized databases have been developed for most of the collections.
Information from some of the collections is available on the World Wide Web, and
specimen records of some collections can be accessed online.
The audience for this publication includes researchers, teachers, students,
and administrators concerned with the study and care of plants and animals and
the broad range of living organisms that affect them by affecting the
Keywords: collections, fungi, germplasm, grasses,
grasshoppers, herbarium, insects, legumes, nematodes, parasites, potatoes,
Rhizobium, seeds, species identification, systematics, taxonomy
While supplies last, single copies of this publication may be obtained at no
cost from the curators of the individual collections (names, phone and fax
numbers, and e-mail and mailing addresses provided on the first page of each
collection's section in this publication).
Copies of this publication may be purchased from the
National Technical Information Service, 5285
Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22161; telephone (703) 605-6000.
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Revised August 1998. Supersedes Miscellaneous Publication No. 1343, Systematic
Collections of the Agricultural Research Service, May 1977.