North American Working Group on Cultivated Plant Taxonomy

Steven Clemants clemants at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 9 14:47:38 CST 1994


         North American Working Group on Cultivated Plant Taxonomy

     During the "Second International Symposium on the Taxonomy of
Cultivated Plants" held in August, 1994, a group of taxonomists from North
America met to establish a working group devoted to the Taxonomy and
Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants in North America (NORTAX).  The North
American group is patterned after the HORTAX working group in the U.K.,
with similar goals.

     NORTAX currently has a very broad mandate.  It was felt that this
group would work to improve the taxonomy and nomenclature of all
cultivated plants (horticultural, agricultural and arboricultural), to
share information and resources, to promote better nomenclatural
practices, and to strive for a clearer and philosophically sound code of
nomenclature for cultivated plants.  The working group will serve as a
networking venue for taxonomists working in institutions throughout North
America who share a research interest in cultivated plants.

     NORTAX currently has no bylaws, no officers, and no dues (this may
change).  What this group does have is a membership (open to anyone) and
we plan to publish a newsletter (NORTAX NEWS) three of four times a year.
The first issue of NORTAX NEWS should be ready to send out around
February.  A preliminary list of subject headings include: News, People,
Deaths, Awards and Funding, Job Opportunities, IRA's, Desiderata, Symposia
and Meetings, Commentary, Internet News, Book Reviews, New Serials, books
and newsletters. If anyone has information or notices for this newsletter
send them to Dr.  Steven Clemants, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000
Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225, e-mail clemants at panix.com.

     If you wish to recieve NORTAX NEWS please send your address to Dr.
Steven Clemants, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn,
NY 11225, phone 718-941-4044 ext. 234, e-mail clemants at panix.com.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden                 Fax:   (718) 941-4044 ext. 289
1000 Washington Ave.                           (718) 857-2430
Brooklyn, NY 11225                      E-Mail clemants at panix.com




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