SEL's mission is to conduct systematic or taxonomicNational Insect Collection (Smithsonian Institution). SEL achieves these goals through many activities, including the discovery of new organisms in America's natural areas. These discoveries allow SEL to contribute to the quarantine of U.S. borders and our nation's food supply by providing tools that help differentiate between nativeand of insects and mites.on economically important insects and mites, to provide to U.S. ports in support of the resolution of issues, and to fully enrich and enhance the United States
SEL's research and collection-based activities make a broad contribution to systematic studies being conducted worldwide, providing tissue samples for DNA analyses, genetic data to, and relevant collection-based , to other scientists - specimens are the raw material for all ecological, environmental, molecular, biogeography, and revisionary/systematic studies.
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