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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Alien Invasions

Author
item Vandenberg, Natalia

Submitted to: Systematic Entomology Laboratory World Wide Web Site
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: April 13, 2000
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Insects are commonly intercepted in cargo entering the United States from abroad. These hitchhiking exotics include species which are pests to agricultural crops, urban plantings, forests, fiber, timber and stored products. By providing identification services and conducting research on economically important insects, the USDA's Systematic Entomology Laboratory y(SEL) plays a key role in preventing the introduction of insect pests, assisting in quarantine and eradication efforts, and reducing the impact of newly established pest species. The work of SEL research scientist, Steven W. Lingafelter is featured in the saga of the Asian longhorn beetle; the story of a recent alien invader. This web presentation will educate the public on the potential impact of invasive alien species, their methods of entry into the United States and the important role played by the Systematic Entomology Laboratory in defending our shores against them.

Technical Abstract: Invasive alien species cost the Nation's economy more than $123 billion annually. Many of these invasive species are insects which enter the United States in cargo from abroad. They include pests to agricultural crops, urban plantings, forests, fiber, timber and stored products. By providing identification services and conducting research on economically important insects, the USDA's Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) plays a key role in preventing the introduction of insect pests, assisting in quarantine eradication efforts, and reducing the impact of newly established species. The Asian longhorn beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, is a recent example of an invasive alien species with the potential to impact silvaculture, forestry and urban environments. The arrival of this species is utilized as an example to educate the public on the potential impact of invasive alien species, their methods of entry into the United States and the important role played by SEL.

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