[Taxacom] the decline of taxonomy in N.Z.: a further example

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Feb 25 18:56:33 CST 2010

a further example of the decline of taxonomy in N.Z. today concerns an undescribed Phytophthora pathogen which is causing a sudden dieback of our iconic Kauri trees, see http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=Kauri+Phytophthora&meta=&aq=f&oq=
despite all the press coverage, and the fact that everybody now has to disinfect their boots after visiting kauri forests, nobody will fund the taxonomy of the Phytophthora to give it an official name! And this despite the NZ$19m/4 years publicly funded IO2 OBI to document the N.Z. land biota, from which we have seen rather little output in the last couple of years!
PS: I have had to change email address after complaints from Landcare Research that I was criticising them - I would have thought answering the criticism and proving me wrong would be the proper response, rather than just trying to stifle the criticism ...


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