Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory
Project Number: 8042-22000-290-60-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2017
End Date: Sep 30, 2022
Provide expert identifications and associated information of insects and mites to APHIS/Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in support of quarantine activities.
ARS scientists use the U.S. National Collections, literature collections, and experience to identify specimens submitted by APHIS port identifiers. Methods include specimen preparation, use of compound and dissecting microscopes, digital images, illustrations, and collection curation techniques. Specimens are submitted via both express mail and via the internet (digital images). Specimen identifications are entered into the SELIS (Systematic Entomology Laboratory Identification System) and ARM (Agricultural Risk Management system) along with any relevant biological information to APHIS headquarters in Riverdale, Maryland, where appropriate reference specimens are kept for incorporation into the U.S. National Collections.