Registration of botanical names

John McNeill johnm at ROM.ON.CA
Sun Dec 2 09:48:02 CST 2001

In response to Gurcharan Singh's question, the proposals to implement Registration from 1 January 2001 were withdrawn by the proposers at the Nomenclature Section of the St. Louis Coongress in 1999, as they felt the time was not yet ripe for making Registration mandatory.  Thereafter there was a proposal from the floor to delete all reference to Registration from the Code, which, after debate, was carried by 461 votes to 251 (64.8% in favour) --  being a change in the provisions of the Code, it required a 60% majority.

The full deebate is to be found in Englera 20: 159-165 (2000).  I can provide an electronic copy to anyone who is interested,, but I hesitate to clutter every Taxacom member's  mailbox with 5 pages of text.

If you do request a copy please indicate if you prefer ASCII text, or an MS Word or Corel WordPerfect file as an attachment. 

John McNeill

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<<< Gurcharan Singh <singhg at SATYAM.NET.IN> 12/ 2  1:18a >>>
Dear members
The following appeared in the Tokyo Code. What happend to the registration clause in the St. Louis Code?. I am not able to locate any thing in the electronic version of the St. Louis Code. 
"Subject to ratification by the XVI International Botanical Congress (St Louis, 1999) of a rule already included in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (Art. 32.1-2 of the Tokyo Code), new names of plants and fungi will have to be registered in order to be validly published after the 1st of January 2000. After 1 January 2000, when one or more of the other conditions for valid publication have not been met prior to registration, the name must be resubmitted for registration after these conditions have been met. A trial registration has already begun, on a non-mandatory basis, for a two-year period starting 1 January 1998. The co-ordinating centre will be the secretariat of IAPT, currently at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Germany. The International Mycological Institute in Egham, U. K., has already agreed to act as associate registration centre for the whole of fungi, including fossil fungi."

Gurcharan Singh


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