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Research Project: Use and Development of The National Museum of Natural History Entomological Collection

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this agreement is to define and maintain long-term cooperation between these organizations to develop and maintain the U.S. National Entomological Collection.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
The two organizations will continue to work together to build the national treasure embodied in the NMNH Entomological Collections located at the National Museum of Natural History, the ARS, Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, and the Museum Support Center, which is of mutual benefit to both ARS and Smithsonian Institute and to the international community.

3. Progress Report:
This agreement provides space for ARS personnel conducting research and providing identification activities and provides management of the U.S. National Insect Collections at the National Museum of Natural History for the Smithsonian Institution. Each year SEL scientists use these collections to produce more than 50 research papers, books, and electronic publications, and to provide over 20,000 identifications and 8,000 URGENT identifications. SEL uses these collections to transfer technology on moths, aphids, mites, and other insect groups by providing identification aids to regulatory personnel at ports-of-entry and state entomologists. Using these collections we also detected and provided information on new immigrant and/or invasive species to the U.S. ARS scientists are responsible for the management of 600 families of insects and mites and over 15 million specimens of the U.S. National Collection.

4. Accomplishments