Binomial elimination

Stephen P. Rae srae at COMMUNITY.NET
Fri Mar 17 09:20:03 CST 1995

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On Fri, 17 Mar 1995, Richard H. Zander wrote:

> Many have complained that eliminating the genus name makes for confusion,
> like eliminating a person's last name. Not so. Say you know somebody named
> Jack. No problem. The *government* has no problem either, since Jack
> is known by his soc. security number. Thus, the tomato is a tomato, unless
> you definitely need to distinguish it from rare, unusual, exotic
> tomato relatives in a scientific paper, at which time you can refer to
> it as tomato (3488966600881-B) as an individual, and place it in the
> group Solanum or Lycopersicon for the benefit of your fellow scientists,
> who are the only ones who might care.
> Richard Zander
Strictly as a matter of process, how do you see us leading a class on
plant id where we use the name Mustard-123456789?  I know that the
character Ralph 124C was well known in a book, but such a plant name is a
real killer for the novice.  So, now what?

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