LINNE will have far-reaching and important societal benefits including:
- Education: Source materials for classroom instruction and outreach
programs, including images and published information, will become readily
available — principally in electronic form. These materials will enhance
- Natural resource management: Improved information on biodiversity will
improve our ability to identify areas to be protected (those with high species
diversity or endemism) and exploitable resources.
- Biosecurity: A wide array of species could be used to disrupt the economy
and health systems of the United States. LINNE will minimize the time needed
to access data on the identification and distributions of these species.
- Our natural heritage: Biological collections contain a unique record
of the natural and cultural history of our nation. They are the most informative
data source on changing landscapes and patterns of species distributions.
- Invasive species: Interception of potential agricultural, forest or
medical pest species at U.S. borders will be greatly facilitated by access to
a distributed network of taxonomic resources.
- Agriculture and medicine: Management of pests, use of organisms as
biological control agents, and control of vectors of diseases are all dependent
upon accurate and timely species identifications and the information contained
in biological collections.
- Bioprospecting: Successful identification of new pharmaceuticals, foods,
and other as yet-undiscovered uses for organisms requires taxonomic research and
distributional information from biological collections.
- Forensic Science: Forensic science is based on protocols that require
accurate identifications of organisms and distributional information from biological
- History of science: Early and modern explorers, from Lewis and Clark
to molecular phylogeneticists, deposit voucher specimens in biological collections.
These specimens provide a unique and irreplaceable source of historical data.
- International collaboration: Cyberinfrastructure will allow taxonomists to
instantaneously share resources.