The journal “Biological Invasions” has published a set of papers commissioned by the US National Invasive Species Council on the topic of “Early Detection of and Rapid Response (EDRR) to invasive species: a conceptual framework and federal capacities assessment.” Many of the papers are relevant to readers of this list, but the following open access pdf may be of particular interest (note that it was written in the context of the US Government’s capacity to identify invasive species, not as a general review of the state of taxonomy).
Capacity of United States federal government and its partners to rapidly and accurately report the identity (taxonomy) of non-native organisms intercepted in early detection programs
Abstract: The early detection of and rapid response to invasive species (EDRR) depends on accurate and rapid identification of non-native species. The 2016–2018 National Invasive Species Council Management Plan called for an assessment of US government (federal) capacity to report on the identity of non-native organisms intercepted through early detection programs. This paper serves as the response to that action item. Here we summarize survey-based findings and make recommendations for improving the federal government’s capacity to identify non-native species authoritatively in a timely manner. We conclude with recommendations to improve accurate identification within the context of EDRR by increasing coordination, maintaining taxonomic expertise, creating an identification tools clearinghouse, developing and using taxonomic standards for naming and identification protocols, expanding the content of DNA and DNA Barcode libraries, ensuring long-term sustainability of biological collections, and engaging and empowering citizens and citizen science groups.