Binomial elimination

Fri Mar 17 11:31:55 CST 1995

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

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