Binomial elimination

Marco_Bleeker mbleeker at EURONET.NL
Sat Mar 18 01:04:47 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.

  A tomato is quite a unique, 'unmistakeble' plant. Suppose I am talking
about Viola. Pansies and Violets. And I am talking to a fellow botanist. I
would prefer not to talk about 'Pansolet 367432-A' versus 'P. 367431-C'....
(Sorry, binomen again - how clumsy). Remember nature is often dealt with in
nature, in the field, between real fysical people who think, talk, see,
feel, have ideas. Not just behind computer screens.

  Bye, Marco
<mbleeker at>...........Plants, Programs and Primitive creatures
<Marco Bleeker>.......................................Amsterdam, Holland

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