Partnership for training new experts on Auchenorrhyncha (Insecta: Hemiptera)

Biological research depends on accurate species identifications and taxonomic classifications that reflect, to the extent possible, phylogenetic relationships.
By improving the human resources and scientific infrastructure needed to meet these needs for a large and poorly studied group of plant-feeding insects, this project will have lasting impact on many areas of basic and applied biology.
The personnel and products resulting from this project will serve as resources for the basic biological research community, the community of conservation biologists interested in conserving threatened species and habitats, and the large community of economic and ecological entomologists working toward improved methods for diagnosing and managing agricultural pests. Benefits to society at large include the education of a new generation of biological scientists with specialized expertise, dissemination of improved educational tools via the Internet, improved food security through accurate identification of plant disease vectors and other pests, and improved detection of environmental threats such as invasive species. Read more about this project here.

Funding for this website and research described herein was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant 05-29679 (PEET). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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